#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Finals Roundup: January 9, 2015

The San Miguel Beermen unfurled a strong finishing kick to blast the Alaska Aces in the highly physical second game of the 2014-2015 Philippine Cup Finals. The result squared the series at 1-1.

Arwind Santos slams one home as SMB wins in Game 2.

Game Recaps (adapted from Rey Joble/InterAKTV):

Box Scores.
The San Miguel Beermen proved their mettle as they bounced back from a loss in the PBA Philippine Cup finals opener with an impressive 100-86 victory in a highly-physical Game Two on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Despite taking plenty of hits in the game, San Miguel came up big in the fourth quarter, outscoring Alaska, 28-16, to claim the victory and tie the series at 1-apiece.

Arwind Santos led the Beermen with a team-high 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting despite getting busted open in the third quarter after a collision with Alaska star Calvin Abueva.

Chris Lutz finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, while MVP June Mar Fajardo had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks in another strong performance.

San Miguel took a lead of as many as nine points in the second quarter, but the half ended as a close affair with Alaska only trailing by three points, 51-48, at the break.

The third quarter was extremely eventful, though, with the physicality coming to a head.

Arwind Santos got busted open in a confrontation with Calvin Abueva, while David Semerad needed to be separated from Dondon Hontiveros in another tussle. Semerad would later be on the receiving end of a clothesline from Vic Manuel. The Alaska big man was called tagged with a flagrant foul penalty one.

The Aces were able to open the period with an 11-2 run to briefly take a six-point lead, 59-53.

But the Beermen kept their cool amidst the physicality, coming right back to take a two-point lead heading into the final quarter, 72-70.

They finally made their move in the fourth quarter, scoring the first seven points on a three-pointer from Santos, two free throws from Fajardo and a driving layup for Chris Ross.

San Miguel led by as many as 18 points, 95-77, in the fourth quarter after opening with a 23-7 run.

Line of the Game: Chris Lutz - 20pts, 10rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 3 triples.

The Alaska coaches check out Calvin Abueva after he goes down.

Chris Ross stepped up big in Game 2.

Eric Menk couldn't put up big numbers against SMB.

Images by Paul Ryan Tan/Sports5.

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