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PBA: SMB stops Globalport

GLOBALPORT’s Steve Thomas gets sandwiched by San Miguel defenders Arizona Reid and June Mar Fajardo during PBA action at Cuneta Astrodome. SMB won, 124-102. (Tony Pionilla)Games Today (Ynares Sports Center, Antipolo City)
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Manila, Philippines – Import AZ Reid fired 41 points as Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer dealt Globalport its first defeat, 124-102, yesterday in the PBA Governors’ Cup yesterday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Slowed down by stomach problem in San Miguel’s 0-2 start, Reid has so far powered the Beermen’s last two wins.

Up by 11 at halftime, SMB further pulled away behind Marcio Lassiter and Reid, who scored 16 straight points for San Miguel late in the third, including four consecutive threes.

The lead went up to 31 on a jump shot by Ronald Tubid, 104-73.

Reid, a former two-time Best Import winner, converted 16-of-28 from the field including 9-of-11 from three-point territory while adding nine rebounds in almost 40 minutes of action.

Reid’s nine triples tied the franchise mark set by former import Lamonth Stroters back in 2001 and Boybits Victoria in 2002.

“It feels good to be a hundred percent healthy,” said Reid, who averaged just 22 points per game on a combined 4-of-19 shooting from three-point territory prior to the match against Globalport.

“I was able to make my shots. I played well against Rain or Shine (which SMB defeated 104-91 last Tuesday), and I played well tonight. You know, we just have to be patient,” added Reid.

San Miguel Beer made a total of 18 three-pointers, as Marcio Lassiter buried five long bombs, while Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos and Jeric Fortuna each had one triple.

In the second game, Meralco import Andre Emmett collected 37 points and 15 rebounds while Japanese reinforcement Seiya Ando added 11 points to help the Bolts beat defending champion Star Hotshots, 83-81.

Former two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso put the Bolts ahead by four points with a jump shot, 83-79, with 1:08 to play. The Hotshots trimmed the deficit to two with a jumper from Alex Mallari.

Blakely had a chance of winning it for Star but he missed a three-point try at the buzzer.

SAN MIGUEL 124 – Reid 41, Lassiter 24, Ross 17, Cabagnot 12, Fajardo 6, Tubid 6, Santos 5, Reyes 4, Fortuna 3, Lutz 2, Omolon 2, Espinas 2.

GLOBALPORT 102 – Thomas 21, Romeo 21, Kramer 16, Pringle 12, Jensen 10, Buenafe 9, Miranda 4, Krayem 4, Isip 3, Hayes 0, Semerad 0, Taha 0, Caperal 0, Pinto 0.

Quarters: 34-21; 61-50; 102-73; 124-102.

Second Game
MERALCO 83 – Emmett 37, Ando 11, Hodge 8, Ildefonso 8, Cortez 5, Anthony 4, David 4, Wilson 3, Guevarra 2, Hugnatan 1, Sena 0.

STAR HOTSHOTS 81 – Blakely 20, Devance 15, Mallari 13, Yap 8, Melton 7, Reavis 6, Simon 4, Pingris 4, Barroca 4, Pennisi 0.

Quarters: 19-18; 41-42; 63-64; 83-81.