San Miguel Beermen Edge Closer to PBA Commissioner’s Cup Title with Game 5 Triumph

San Miguel Beermen Edge Closer to PBA Commissioner’s Cup Title with Game 5 Triumph

In a thrilling clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the San Miguel Beermen showcased resilience and determination to secure a crucial victory over the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, moving within striking distance of claiming yet another championship title.

Following a series tied at two games apiece after consecutive losses, the Beermen delivered a standout performance to outlast Magnolia with a final score of 108-98 on Sunday. Spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Jericho Cruz and Simon Enciso, San Miguel’s victory was fueled by their impressive contributions on both ends of the court.

Cruz emerged as a pivotal force off the bench, delivering a stellar 30-point performance highlighted by eight three-pointers, along with eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Meanwhile, Enciso stepped up admirably in a rare starting role, adding 15 points, including five three-pointers, to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

As the game reached its climax, Cruz’s clutch three-pointer off a Chris Ross assist proved to be a decisive moment, providing the Beermen with a crucial 102-96 lead in the final minutes. Bennie Boatwright also made significant contributions, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while June Mar Fajardo showcased his dominance with 18 points and 15 boards.

Although Magnolia fought valiantly behind Tyler Bey’s impressive 34-point performance, coupled with notable contributions from Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang, it was San Miguel who emerged victorious, edging closer to their record-extending 29th title.