PBA Capsule: San Miguel Beer tightens grip on no. 1 spot

While the second spot in the PBA Philippine Cup is up for grabs, San Miguel Beer continues to stay at the top after beating GlobalPort, 106-100, on Saturday in Cebu.

The Beermen, who are riding an eight-game winning streak, now sport a 9-1 win-loss card.  GlobalPort was relegated to 5-4, tied with Ginebra, Phoenix, TNT KaTropa and Rain or Shine.

Saturday’s stud

Arwind Santos (SMB): 31 points, 5-of-9 3s, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

Santos exploded in this game, knocking down five triples en route to 31 points. It was his highest point total since he set a career-high 34 points in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup against Rain or Shine.

Honorable mention: June Mar Fajardo (19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks)

Wednesday’s dud

GlobalPort’s (in)ability to score off turnovers

The Batang Pier forced SMB to 12 turnovers but only translated those into 6 points. GlobalPort committed 15 turnovers which resulted into 20 points for the Beermen. That was difference-maker right there.

What’s in a number?

45 — Despite shooting woes, Terrence Romeo finished with 16 points. According to PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon, Romeo has now scored at least 10 points in 45 straight games.

Highlight reel

Best Player of the Game Arwind Santos made two crucial baskets down the stretch to seal the Beermen’s eight straight victory.

Photo from PBA Media Bureau

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