This time, there would be no collapse for Petron.
The Blaze Boosters used a furious second quarter run and remained in
cruise control the rest of the way for an easy 98-73 victory over the
San Mig Coffee Mixers Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The win gave Petron its first Commissioner’s Cup victory after
dropping its opening assignment against GlobalPort, which it lost after
leading by as much as 18 points in the first half.
Seven players scored at least seven points for Petron, which outscored San Mig Coffee, 28-8, in the second quarter.
That allowed the Boosters to take a 26-point lead at the half, 48-22.
Petron never trailed by less than 16 points the rest of the way.
“Playing against San Mig Coffee, we know we have to put up a good
defensive effort against a good executing team. We had this mindset of
depensa muna bago opensa,” said Petron coach Olsen Racela.
Renaldo Balkman led the charge for Petron with 28 points, 15
rebounds, five assists, and two blocks, apart from a highlight reel dunk
in the third quarter over San Mig Coffee import Matt Rogers, who was
making his PBA debut after missing the Mixers’ first game due to food
poisoning. Jay Washington and Alex Cabagnot added 17 and 15 points,
“More than the good numbers provided by Balkman, it was the intangibles, the energy and hustle he provided,” added Racela.
Rogers scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but struggled from
the field shooting just 7-of-19 (37 percent). James Yap carried the
fight for San Mig Coffee with 25 points, but was hampered by an injury
late in the game.
The loss dropped the Mixers, the tournament’s defending champion, to a 0-2 win-loss record to start the conference.
PETRON 98 – Balkman 28, Washington 17, Cabagnot 15, Lassiter 9,
Fajardo 8, Miranda 8, Santos 7, Tubid 4, Faundo 2, Lanete 0, Pena 0.
SAN MIG COFFEE 73 – Yap 25, Rogers 20, Simon 8, Devance 7, Pingris 7,
Najorda 3, Barroca 2, Mallari 1, Alvarez 0, Reavis 0, De Ocampo 0
Quarters: 20-14, 48-22, 70-49, 98-73