IN this conference, the San Miguel Beermen showed their championship pedigree as they made it again to the finals despite having posted a mediocre 6-5 win-loss record in the regular season.
As they took on all comers, it seems inevitable that they’re on their way. However, just a few days ago, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings defeated the formidable San Miguel in a finals series that went to as far as six games.
FOX Sports PH takes a look on the Beermen and how they’ve fared overall in this year’s iteration of the Commissioner’s Cup.
Much of SMB’s hopes lies in the hands of none other than June Mar Fajardo. They’re clearly heavily dependent on his gravity inside as he made the team become second overall in points per game (105.8), second in field goal percentage (45 percent), second in two-point field goal percentage (51%), and first overall in blocks (5.0).
In their wins in the regular season, San Miguel’s average margin was an okay 9.3 points per game despite averaging a whopping 113 points per game. However, they have never experienced a blowout in their losses as the average losing margin was only -4.4 points per game while averaging close to the century mark at 99.6 points.
Since the beginning of the Commissioner’s Cup it is evident as to why San Miguel fans have been clamoring for a comeback by Renaldo Balkman. The former NBA journeyman proved to be the right fit for the Beermen as he’s posted norms of 29.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks on 56-percent shooting. Citing his settlement for some unfinished business, he has repaid the people’s trust after being banned five years ago due to an unfortunate incident.
June Mar Fajardo’s sustained excellence has earned for himself his seventh Best Player of the Conference citation after tallying averages of 19.6 points and 11.4 rebounds on 59-percent shooting.
As for the rest of the locals, Santos, Lassiter, Cabagnot, and Standhardinger have been very instrumental for the Beermen’s run averaging 14.4, 13.7, 13.2, and 12.2 points respectively.
Looking forward, what can we expect from San Miguel?
With their core intact for the forseeable future, San Miguel has been at the top in the league’s upper echelon for quite some time now, thanks to their continuous growth in terms of team chemistry every season and to Leo Austria’s ability to manage his team.
For a team that’s dubbed as one of the greatest PBA teams in history, it’s always title or bust for them and they will have only themselves to blame if ever they fall short from winning a title.
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