San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska as Standhardinger returns

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Beermen are 3-0 in the finals against the Aces for the past three years and are two wins away from the finals.Rookie Christian Standhardinger also returned from his leg injury and had an immediate impact to the tune of nine points in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’San Miguel first tried to break away in the second quarter, going on a 9-0 run Standhardinger capped off with a jumper for a 34-24 lead at the 9:48 mark.That early scoring spurt was all the Beermen needed to hold off the Aces throughout the rest of the game. “This is the most important game, the first game, because as much as possible we want to win this to dictate some of the tempo,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria.“But I know Alaska will do more because I think that’s not their game so we’re expecting more from them.”San Miguel pushed the envelope further at the start of the third quarter with Marcio Lassiter giving the Beermen a 61-42 advantage to end a 9-1 run.June Mar Fajardo led the Beermen with 17 points and nine rebounds while five of his teammates scored at least 10 points.Alex Cabagnot had 15 points while Renaldo Balkman finished with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT PSL: Cignal clobbers Cocolife for outright semis berth Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos had 12 points apiece for San Miguel while substitute big man Kelly Nabong had 11.Diamon Simpson carried Alaska with 31 points and 24 rebounds while Vic Manuel finished with 16 points, the first time after 11 games he failed to score at least 20..Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel seems to still have Alaska’s number in the playoffs coming away with a 92-79 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-five semifinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more