#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 21, 2014

The San Miguel Beermen took command of their 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters after winning Game 2. SMB leaned on the heroics of returnee Alex Cabagnot to frustrate TNT for the second game in a row.

Alex Cabagnot came up big as SMB beat TNT for the second straight game.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

San Miguel had a harder outing this time around, but it was the same result for the No. 1-ranked Beermen as they squeaked past Talk ‘N Text, 87-81, to take a 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Alex Cabagnot scored 21 points, while reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo had 15 points and 12 rebounds for San Miguel.

Talk ‘N Text played much better defense against Fajardo in Game Two, limited him to five points over the first three periods but the 6-foot-10 slotman came through in the end, scoring 10 of the Beermen’s last 11 points in the game.

Fajardo shot just 2-for-11 from the field but went a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, including eight free throws in the last 4:11 of the fourth quarter, helping San Miguel secure the win in crunch time.

Jayson Castro had an outstanding performance for Talk ‘N Text with 26 points, including five three-pointers, but it was not enough for the Tropang Texters. Jay Washington also did well, dropping 17 markers and 3 triples, but TNT just couldn’t overcome their atrocious 50% shooting from the free throw line.

Line of the Game: Jayson Castro - 26pts, 2rebs, 9asts, 3stls, 5 triples.

Jay Washington stepped up, but it was still to no avail as TNT lost in Game 2.

June Mar Fajardo struggled from the field, but he was flawless from the line.

Coach Leo Austria is just two wins away from his first PBA Finals as a head coach.

Images by Nuki Sabio/PBA.

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