Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 4: Halftime Analysis

San Miguel 49  Alaska 26

San Miguel Beer has once again taken a big lead. The Beermen finished the first period at 33-16 then they limited the Alaska Aces to 10 points in the second quarter.  Alex Cabagnot is playing his best game of the series. The point guard combined with Junemar Fajardo in a 12-4 run to give the San Miguel a 23 point lead at the half.

So far, San Miguel has matched the defensive intensity of the Aces.  The game was full of deflections and disruption of the passing lanes. There were lots of steals and counter steals.  The difference between the two teams is that San Miguel's guards especially Cabagnot has started hitting at the outside. Cabagnot scored 16 points at the half.

Alaska will once again need to summon the magic that they have in Game 1 and 3. They are in a way used to this kind of deficits. They will definitely try to increase the pressure and speed up the game.  San Miguel needs to hold on to this lead to be able to improve their confidence.  If they rout the Aces this game, they will definitely send a message that they also want this title as bad as the Aces.

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