Crucial cushion

Once again, San Miguel Beer found itself stymied by the handcuff-like defense of Phoenix Pulse. And once again, the Beermen found a way to thwart the Fuel Masters. Marcio Lassiter hit a key three-pointer going into the final two minutes and San Miguel Beer proved steadier in the clutch to score a 92-82 victory over Phoenix Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Lassiter's three put the Beermen ahead, 84-80, after they had trailed by as many as 12 early in the game, and the Beermen also got a key break when a fouled-out Calvin Abueva further dented Phoenix's hopes with a crucial boo-boo. Abueva was slapped with his las...

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