MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel issued a statement 114-91 win over Phoenix to move on the cusp of advancing to the finals of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Tuesday, April 23.
Terrence Romeo fired all of his 20 points in the second half as the Beermen displayed complete obliteration of the Fuel Masters in the highly physical Game 4 that saw two players ejected.
Phoenix was still within striking distance trailing 48-59 at halftime before Romeo caught fire for 17 points in the pivotal 3rd quarter, with 15 coming from beyond the arc.
The former three-time PBA scoring champion flaunted his prowess as he scored all of his points in the 3rd period in successive fashion, giving San Miguel a comfortable 89-62 cushion.
Keeping their foot on the gas, the Beermen enjoyed a lead as large as 30 points, 112-82, en route to gaining a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven affair.
Alex Cabagnot finished 18 points, Chris Ross chipped in 10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Von Pessumal had another 10 points in the win.
Arwind Santos was also stellar for San Miguel, pumping in 16 points, 8 rebounds and added 2 blocks that placed him 7th in the PBA's all-time blocks list with 819 swats, surpassing legend Manny Victorino's 817.
Calvin Abueva was the lone player to breach double figures for the Fuel Masters with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Aside from the lack of scoring, it did not help Phoenix's cause that Alex Mallari and Jaypee Mendoza were tossed out of the game after they both incurred two technical fouls.
The Beermen go for the kill while the Fuel Masters seek to stay alive when they lock horns in Game 5 on Thursday, April 25, at the same venue.
San Miguel 114 - Romeo 20, Cabagnot 18, Santos 16, Ross 10, Pessumal 10, Standhardinger 9, Fajardo 9, Rosser 8, Nabong 7, Zamar 5, Vigil 2, Lassiter 0, Mamaril 0, Tubid 0.
Phoenix 91 - Abueva 19, Jazul 9, Marcelo 9, Perkins 8, Chua 8, Kramer 7, Intal 7, Napoles 7, Wright 6, Mendoza 4, Mallari 3, Revilla 2, Dennison 2, Guevarra 0.
Quarters: 27-20, 59-48, 89-63, 114-91.
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.