SMB heads back to Finals

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first_img“What more can I say? People and management expected this from us,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said after earning a shot at the second jewel of a Triple Crown sweep. “We’re back in the Finals and my players showed that they are (of) championship caliber.”Alex Cabagnot fired 26 points and Chris Ross had 24 and 10 assists and Austria’s starting five scored all but eight of the Beermen’s total. The starters were outscored by just one by the entire Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, we’re one step closer to the Grand Slam,” Austria said. “But it’s not in my mind. You can never know what will happen in the Finals. But now that we have the chance, we will work hard for it.”June Mar Fajardo fired 22 points and import Charles Rhodes accounted for 21, with Marcio Lassiter shooting eight points after draining the Hail Mary three-pointer in Game 2 Wednesday night. TNT KaTropa will try to put away No. 1 seed Barangay Ginebra on Saturday afternoon at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in their half of the Final Four.“I really don’t care who we play (in the Finals),” he said. “Either team will be tough because, remember, they were the only ones who beat us in the eliminations.”The best-of-seven title series will start on Wednesday even if the Ginebra-TNT series drags into a fifth game on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFinally finishing off a foe that simply didn’t want to go away, San Miguel Beer won its Final Four series and took a giant step toward its run at history.The Beermen turned back Star with authority, 109-102, Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena and bundled out the hard-fighting Hotshots by winning the last three games of the best-of-five series to book the first title series slot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Horn out to get Pacquiao with shock shot What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img

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