Petron blazes its way to 1-0 lead-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
MANILA—Petron Blaze struck late to crush San Mig Coffee, 100-84, in Game 1 and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals series of the 38th PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.
After a close battle in the first three quarters, the Blaze Boosters waxed hot in the pivotal period, exploding with seven triples that practically doused cold water to the Coffee Mixers defense.
“We are very happy about this win. We played a big fourth quarter game. This win boosted our confidence. We want to review this game, because we don’t get more to the free throw line,” said rookie coach Gee Abanilla.
Chris Lutz fired three triples, Marcio Lassiter had two while import Elijah Millsap and Alex Cabagnot connected one trey apiece as Petron stretched the gap to its biggest, 95-79, only 1:18 remaining.
“I think, it’s a total team effort. We have six guys scoring in double figures.
Ronald Tubid made a good job in the first period. Elijah Millsap is just showing different dimensions of his game, even though he shoots well, he still shares the ball,” added Abanilla, who will shoot for 2-0 lead on Sunday.
But it was really the 6’5 Millsap, who played the heroic role by finishing with a triple double on 35 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
As expected 6’10 June Mar Fajardo dominated the paint and scored on a one hand dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.
The Cebuano Fajardo, a strong candidate for the “Rookie of the Year” award, finished with 12 points, while Arwind Santos settled with 16 and Lassiter had 12. Lutz added 11 and Cabagnot finished with 10, highlighting a well-balanced scoring for Petron.
Marqus Blakely topscored for the Coffee Mixers with 23, and Marc Pingris contributed 16.
Meanwhile, commissioner Chito Salud approved the trade involving Gary David and AJ Mandani of Globalport Batang Pier in exchange for Meralco’s Chris Ross, Chris Timberlake and 2016 and 2017 second round draft picks by the Bolts.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.