The San Miguel Beermen broke the game wide open in the third period on the way to a masterful 143-119 win over the Columbian Dyip in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel connected on 23 3-pointers in the game, tying the record for most in a game set in 2009 by TNT.
Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter led the barrage as the Beermen turned a tight contest into a clinic in the third period to claim their second win in three matches.
Santos led for the Beermen with 29 points built on seven 3-pointers while also grabbing five boards and blocking four shots. Lassiter finished with 28 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
San Miguel dealt the Dyip their sixth straight loss in the season-ending conference.
San Miguel hardly showed signs of rust after an 18-day break, battered the Dyip on all fronts and outscored them, 43-18, to hold a comfortable 107-84 buffer heading into the final period.
The Beermen led by as much as 32 points, and pushed the score to 126-94 on Lassiter's back-to-back 3-pointers in the final eight minutes. The Dyip simply could not keep up with the team that was as dominant even in the absence of injured superstar June Mar Fajardo.
Christian Standhardinger had 21 points and nine rebounds. Import AZ Reid posted a triple-double outing of 16 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists to go along with six steals, while Kelly Nabong scored 14.
Although he was happy with the outcome, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria couldn't hide his disappointment over the sloppy defense in the first half, where the Beermen allowed the Dyip to log 64 points.
"Our offense may be No. 1 in the league, but the problem is our defense," Austria said. "In the first half, we gave up 64 points and that's not a sign of good defense. Fortunately, our offense was superb tonight. I'm happy because we won but said because we're not playing good defense."
It was a much-needed win for the Beermen -- but the Dyip remain winless this conference.
Jackson Corpuz paced the Dyip with 28 points but much of that came when the game was already decided. Import Akeem Wright and Jerramy King added 22 points each.
San Miguel 143 - Santos 29, Lassiter 28, Standhardinger 21, Reid 16, Nabong 14, Cabagnot 12, Pessumal 11, Ross 7, Heruela 5, Mamaril 0, Vigil 0.
Columbian 119 - Corpuz 28, King 22, Wright 22, McCathy 18, Khobuntin 7, Escoto 6, Cabrera 5, Reyes 2, Celda 2, Gabriel 2, Cahilig 2, Sara 2, Tubid 1, Ababou 0.
Quarter scores: 34-26, 64-66, 107-84, 143-119
San Miguel registered 23 three-pointers, matching the all-time best made by TNT against on January 14, 2009 against, incidentally, the Beermen.
Akeem Wright wound up scoreless in the opening quarter. He also hardly made a difference in the fourth period where he scored a measly four points.
San Miguel - vs GInebra on September 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Dyip - vs Magnolia on October 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum