Game 3: Wednesday 12th June, Tip off 1900 hrs local/ 2000 hrs HKT, Mahaka Square, Philippines
The San Miguel Beermen were crowned the AirAsia 2013 ASEAN Basketball League Champions tonight following their 70-55 win over the Indonesia Warriors.
The Beermen have been very vocal about their intentions from the start and head coach Leo Austria dedicated the win to his predecessor, the late Bobby Parks.
Asi Taulava led the champions with 19 points. Chris Banchero’s followed with 10 points, although that only told the smallest part of the role that he has played in the Beermen squad throughout the finals series.
The defending champions looked uncomfortable in the beginning and struggled with their shots, managing just 23% from the field. The Beermen, on the other hand, barely lost their stride from the past two games. A Justin Williams block in the first half started them on a 6-0 run capped with a Fortuna basket that put the Beermen up 14-10 going into the second quarter.
The Beermen continued to build their lead in the second quarter, Taulava and Banchero both going on scoring runs. The Beermen were 44% from the field in the first half, although they struggled from the three, missing all seven of their attempts. They still managed to hold on to a six point lead 33-27 heading into the break.
Points were still hard to come by for the Warriors in the second half but they tried hard to make things difficult for the Beermen. Chris Daniels came in off the break with a couple of quick baskets that put the hosts in to within four points at 31-35. However Paulo Hubalde put a stop to that with a layup before he stole the ball off Thomas and fed it to Avenido for a three. Then a Taulava basket gave Beermen their first double digit lead of the game at 49-38 with 2:20 remaining till the final quarter. The Beermen held on to that lead and finished the third period ahead 53 to 43.
The fourth quarter was an uphill battle the Warriors were unable to climb. Despite a tough fight from Mario Wuysang, who finished on top of the leaderboard with 21 points, the Warriors soon found themselves down 17 points with half the quarter still remaining. With the Championship so close in their sights, the Beermen powered on and finished off the game 70-55 to lift the 2013 ABL Championship trophy.
Indonesia Warriors: Wuysang – 21, Daniels – 15, Pringle – 11, Thomas – 5, Smith – 3.
San Miguel Beermen: Taulava – 19, Banchero – 10, Avenido – 10, Acuna – 9, J. Williams – 7, B. Williams – 6, Fortuna – 5, Hubalde – 2, Menk – 2.