CALASIAO, Pangasinan -- San Miguel Beer won back-to-back games for the first time in PBA Governor’s Cup.
Former Utah Jazz Kevin Murphy hopes it will be the start of something good, something special for the Beermen. Murphy stood tallest as he finished with a near triple-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead San Miguel to a come-from-behind 107-96 win over Talk N Text in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special at the Calasiao Sports Complex here Saturday.
Christian Standhardinger added 21 points and 13 rebounds, Arwind Santos contributed 18 points and five rebounds, Marcio Lassiter had 13 points and six rebounds, Kelly Nabong had 12 points and Chris Ross had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Beermen, who rallied from 75-86 deficit early in the fourth quarter.
Former PBA Best Import Marqus Blakely led the Tropang Texters with 26 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists despite struggling with foul trouble.
Roger Pogoy had 21, Terrence Romeo had 18 and Kelly Williams had 11.
The loss pushed Talk N Text to 4-6, the same record of NLEX.
The season-ending tournament returns to Araneta Coliseum today with Alaska Milk and Blackwater, holding identical 6-2 win-loss cards, square off in the 6:45 p.m. main game.
The Aces and the Elite are coming off ego-deflating losses the last time around.
The Aces lost to Barangay Ginebra, 101-109, last Sept. 2, while the Elite succumbed to Magnolia, 99-133, last Sept. 10.
But despite the setbacks, the Aces and the Elite are sitting pretty in the upper half of the standing, a full game behind Magnolia, 7-2, and Ginebra , 7-2.
“We know Blackwater has done a heck of a job this conference,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
“They (Elite) are really playing very well as a team and have beaten great teams in our league,” added Compton, referring to Talk ‘N Text, San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Meralco, NorthPort and Rain or Shine.
If the Aces win, they will keep their hold of the third place, but if the Blackwater wins, the Elite will climb to solo second because they have beaten the Gin Kings as well, 124-118, last Sept 2 in game where Henry Walker engaged Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee in a shootout.
Walker finished with 39 points while Brownlee had 41.
Earlier, Meralco guns for its third straight whenit meets Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m.
San Miguel (107)-- Murphy 27, Standhardinger 21, Santos 18, Lassiter 13, Ross 10, Cabagnot 6, De Ocampo 0, Heruela 0.
TNT (96) -- Blakely 26, Pogoy 21, Romeo 18, Williams 11, Cruz 7, Trollano 6, Carey 4, Rosario 2, Garcia 1, Reyes 0, Paredes 0.
Quarterscores: 27-25, 50-54, 75-80, 107-96.