Former NBA player Shabazz Muhammad turns in stunning performance to keep San Miguel in playoff contention for two-time quarterfinal bonus
MANILA, Philippines — Shabazz Muhammad put San Miguel on their backs as they came from 26 points down to shock Meralco, 115-110, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, March 5.
The former NBA player wasted 57 points and 19 rebounds in a jaw-dropping performance that kept the Beermen in the playoffs, who improved to 7-4, in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus at twice.
Given the go-ahead to shoot, Muhammad waxed hot for 21 points in the fourth quarter, including 4 clutch points in the final 30 seconds as San Miguel wrapped up the elimination with straight wins.
The Bolts still held a 110-109 lead with a minute remaining until Muhammad rebounded from his own missed free kick and scored the kickoff.
Chris Ross then forced a turnover in the next game, clearing the way for Muhammad to seal victory with a pair of foul shots, 113-110, as Chris Newsome and Allein Maliksi missed their potential hat-tricks for Meralco.
San Miguel 115 – Muhammad 57, Fajardo 16, Manuel 13, Lassiter 10, Romeo 9, Perez 6, Tautuaa 4, Brondial 0, Ross 0, Cruz 0.
Meralco 110 – Bishop 29, Quinto 18, Maliksi 16, Banchero 13, Black 13, Almazan 9, Hugnatan 7, Newsome 5, Hodge 0.
Quarters: 28-36, 46-70, 83-92, 115-110.