#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: November 19, 2014

June Mar Fajardo unloaded a monster of a game last night as the Beermen throttle the Sorento, while the Aces had their first taste of defeat at the hands of Barako Bull in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup.

June Mar Fajardo starred for SMB, while Denok Miranda
stole the show against Alaska last night.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

The Barako Bull Energy scored a big upset win, handing erstwhile unbeaten Alaska its first loss of the season, 85-78. Denok Miranda scored 21 points, 16 in a big first half for Barako Bull, while RR Garcia added 18 as they improved to 2-5. Miranda finished with an 8-for-10 shooting clip from the field and 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Energy dominated the the Aces in the first half, leading by 18 at the half on the strength of a 29-13 second quarter. They had to hold off a fourth quarter charge from Alaska, though, but got a clutch basket from Miranda, who knocked down a pull-up jumper over JV Casio that made it 81-73 with 50 seconds left. Jake Pascual also impressed for Barako, chipping in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Alaska was plagued by 19 turnovers and poor shooting from the field (39%), which offset the Aces’ rebounding edge, 50-45. Calvin Abueva led Alaska once again with 16 points, 12 boards, and 7 assists, but he did commit 6 turnovers. Other guys who scored in double-digits were Vic Manuel and JV Casio, who rattled in 15 and 13 markers respectively.

Line of the Game: Calvin Abueva - 16 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 6/11 FGs.

Denok Miranda caught fire as the Energy deflated the Aces.

RR Garcia stepped up as well as Barako got win #2 in the tournament.

Sonny Thoss and the rest of Alaska were left to rue their chance to move up to 7-0.

PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo turned in a dominating performance, scoring a career-high 36 points and grabbing 17 rebounds as his San Miguel Beermen cruised to a 90-74 victory over expansion team Kia. With the win, San Miguel moved into share of first place, tying Alaska at 6-1. Fajardo shot 13-for-15 from the field and even hit a three-pointer from the left corner that gave his team a 19-point lead with 3:37 left in the game. His performance more than made up for a subpar performance from former MVP Arwind Santos, who shot just 1-for-9 to finish with three points. Marcio Lassiter backed Fajardo up with 16 points, including three three-pointers, while Chris Lutz and Ronald Pascual added nine apiece. The Sorento hung tough with the Beermen in the first half, trailing by just a solitary point, 39-38, at the break. Rei Cervantes and JR Buensuceso paced Kia with a combined 27 markers. Controversy plagued the Sorento here as they let go of erstwhile productive players Rudy Lingganay and Hans Thiele prior to the game.

Line of the Game: June Mar Fajardo - 36 points, 17 rebounds, 13/15 FGs.

JE Buensuceso tries to get past the defense of Chris Ross.

June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable for SMB.

Marcio Lassiter challenges the defense of LA Revilla.

All images are by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5.

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