San Miguel storms back from 17 points down and survives Magnolia by a point in the Game 7 thriller
Published 10:07 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated 10:43 PM, May 15, 2019
HEARTBREAKER. Mark Barroca and Magnolia fall short of ending the San Miguel dynasty. Photo from PBA Images
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel claimed basketball immortality after outlasting Magnolia, 72-71, in a winner-take-all Game 7 to seize the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup crown at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, May 15.
Seeking to become the first PBA team to win the All-Filipino crown for 5 straight seasons, the Beermen secured their legacy in thrilling fashion by digging themselves out of a 17-point hole.
Relatively quiet in the previous games, Alex Cabagnot saved his best for last as he scored 18 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 57.2 seconds left that gave San Miguel a league-leading 26th title in franchise history.
June Mar Fajardo was just as magnificent in the win after shattering the longest-standing PBA record set in the inaugural 1975 season by pulling down 31 rebounds to eclipse the 29-rebound mark made by Marcelo Simbulan.
Also finishing with 17 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks, the reigning five-time MVP clinched his third Finals MVP award with norms of 22.9 pts, 19.1 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks.
The Hotshots had plenty of chances to gain the upper hand only to witness Jio Jalalon miss back-to-back shots in the final minute.
Another opportunity was given for Magnolia as Fajardo missed both of his freebies with 4.8 seconds left, but with no timeouts left, Paul Lee failed to put up a shot after being bothered by Chris Ross and Arwind Santos.
Santos continued to be a steadying presence for the Beermen with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Ross chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds in the lowest scoring game of the series.
Although both contained in Game 7, the victory was just as sweet for Terrence Romeo and Christian Standhardinger as they won their first PBA championship.
Kelly Nabong also bagged his maiden league title.
San Miguel 72 – Cabagnot 18, Santos 17, Fajardo 17, Ross 7, Lassiter 5, Romeo 4, Standhardinger 4, Rosser 0, Pessumal 0.
Magnolia 71 – Sangalang 18, Reavis 11, Lee 11, Jalalon 8, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Herndon 0.
Quarters: 20-24, 25-38, 50-58, 72-71.