Hot start powers San Miguel to Game 1 blowout over Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The San Miguel Beermen went 50% from beyond the arc and raced off to a hot 17-2 start as they kept the Barangay Ginebra at bay, 109-82, in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday, February 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The defending champs gained a double-digit cushion early on, stretching the lead on 56% shooting from the field at halftime.

Chris Ross paced San Miguel with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting coupled with 5 boards and 8 assists. 

June Mar Fajardo likewise put up 17 markers, while Alex Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas combined for 32 for the Beermen, who registered 28 dimes compared to Ginebra's 19. 

"I'm not really expecting this kind of game," shared SMB head coach Leo Austria.

"I'm sure by Game 2, they will come out stronger. Alam niya [Coach Tim Cone] na swerte kami eh." 

(I'm sure by Game 2, they will come out stronger. Coach Tim knew we were lucky.) 

The Gin Kings, who were limited to 39% shooting with only a single triple made at the half, failed to spark a rally down the stretch. 

Chris Ellis led the way for Ginebra with 13 markers and 2 steals, while Jervy Cruz and Mark Caguioa had 12 apiece. 

Game 2 of this finals series will take place in Lucena City on Sunday, February 26. 

Scores: 

SMB (109): Ross 17, Fajardo 17, Cabagnot 16, Espinas 16, Tubid 11, Santos 9, Lassiter 8, Agovida 7, Heruela 4, Reyes 2, De Ocampo 2, Van Opstal 0, Mabulac 0, McCarthy 0. 

Ginebra (82): Ellis 13, Cruz 12, Caguioa 12, Thompson 10, Taha 9, Tenorio 5, Aguilar 5, Mariano 4, Jamito 4, Devance 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 2, Marcelo 1, Helterbrand 0, De Guzman 0. 

Quarter scores: 35-12, 60-39, 89-56, 109-82. – Rappler.com