San Miguel Beer Secures Quarterfinals Spot with 120-100 Win Over NorthPort

San Miguel Beer dominates NorthPort 120-100, securing a quarterfinals spot as the lone unbeaten team in the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup. CJ Perez's 29-point performance leads the Beermen's charge, showcasing their championship aspirations.

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San Miguel Beer Secures Quarterfinals Spot with 120-100 Win Over NorthPort

San Miguel Beer Secures Quarterfinals Spot with 120-100 Win Over NorthPort

San Miguel Beer defeated NorthPort 120-100 in the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup on April 21, 2024, securing their seventh straight win and a quarterfinals spot as the lone unbeaten team at 7-0. CJ Perez led the Beermen with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in the dominant victory.

The Beermen controlled the match from the start, reaching the century mark in scoring by the third quarter and leading by as much as 39 points. San Miguel coach Jorge Gallent praised his team's ball-sharing, which kept the Batang Pier off their defensive pattern. "We had 31 assists, and that's the key," Gallent said. "If we continue sharing the ball, we'll be very hard to beat."

Marcio Lassiter also had a strong game for San Miguel, scoring 14 points and surpassing James Yap for fourth on the league's all-time list of three-pointers made. Mo Tautuaa added 15 points off the bench, showcasing the Beermen's depth.

Why this matters: San Miguel's undefeated start and early quarterfinals berth establish them as the team to beat in the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup. Their dominant performance against NorthPort sends a strong message to the rest of the league about their championship aspirations.

For NorthPort, Arvin Tolentino had a team-high 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Beermen's onslaught. The Batang Pier have now lost four straight games and are tied for seventh place with Terrafirma Dyip at 4-5.

Looking ahead, San Miguel is set to face sister team Magnolia, which is on a four-game win streak, on April 26 in a rematch of the Commissioner's Cup finals. Despite the Beermen's hot start, Gallent acknowledged that the team tends to relax with big leads and needs to maintain their energy level for the full 48 minutes. NorthPort will aim to snap their losing streak when they take on Terrafirma on April 24.

Key Takeaways

  • San Miguel Beer defeated NorthPort 120-100, securing a quarterfinals spot at 7-0.
  • CJ Perez led the Beermen with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
  • San Miguel coach praised their ball-sharing, which kept NorthPort off their defensive pattern.
  • Marcio Lassiter scored 14 points, surpassing James Yap for 4th on the league's 3-pointers made list.
  • San Miguel's undefeated start establishes them as the team to beat, but they need to maintain energy for 48 mins.