Vic Manuel got back at his former team as the San Miguel Beermen took down the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, 104-99, in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday evening at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Traded by Phoenix to NorthPort before being sent to San Miguel late last year, Manuel scored 22 points including four straight points that helped fend off the Fuel Masters’ last hurrah.
Up six after Chris Ross made a free-throw, Manuel grabbed the offensive rebound off of Ross’ missed second free-throw, and put it back in for a 102-94 lead with 38 seconds left. Phoenix stayed within striking distance after a basket by Matthew Wright but Manuel was clutch, sinking two free-throws to secure the victory for San Miguel.
Orlando Johnson had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Beermen. However, all signs point to Johnson playing his last game for San Miguel with former Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad already waiting in the wings to replace him.
Marcio Lassiter added 18 points while six-time league Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo had 13 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks. The Beermen moved up to 5-3 while Phoenix dropped to an even 4-4.
Wright had another masterful game with 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, while Dominic Sutton and Jason Perkins each had 20.