San Miguel Beer rode on the endgame heroics of Chris McCullough and June Mar Fajardo and beat Rain or Shine, 89-87, in a thrilling game at the jampacked Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
Fajardo punctuated the Beermen’s torrid finish with an emphatic two- handed slam dunk off a feed from McCullough for an 89-82 lead with 68 seconds left. Rain or Shine, however, refused to give up as Javee Mocon drilled a 3-pointer and Carl Montgomery sank 2 free throws to pull the Elasto Painters to within 2, 89-87 with 10 seconds left. After a mad scramble off a miss by McCullough, Beau Belga caught the ball and called time out with 0.5 seconds left giving Rain or Shine a chance to send the game into overtime or a win. Belga missed a 3-pointer as time expired. Fajardo was named best player of the game with 23 points and 15 rebounds. SMB’s win also spoiled the homecoming of Kagayanon Rey Nambatac who scored 11 points. Mocon led Rain or Shine with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Browse over some photos below.
SAN MIGUEL 89 – McCullough 24, Fajardo 23, Romeo 13, Ross 7, Santos 7, Cabagnot 6, Pessumal 3, Lassiter 3, Nabong 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 87 – Mocon 20, Montgomery 18, Nambatac 11, Borboran 9, Daquioag 7, Ponferada 5, Belga 5, Norwood 4, Onwubere 3, Torres 3, Rosales 2.
Quarterscores: 14-18, 47-44, 63-67, 89-87.
Watch the replay video below.