Clark erupts for 40 as San Miguel sends Converge packing to reach semis
MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel barged into the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup behind another scoring explosion from Cameron Clark in a 121-105 whipping of Converge at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 19.
Clark posted 40 points and 13 rebounds for the Beermen, who capitalized on the win-once bonus they gained for finishing as the second seed to send a FiberXers side that paraded a new import packing.
Reaching the 40-point mark for the second time in three games, Clark took over in the third quarter as San Miguel put to waste an impressive 39-point outing from debuting Converge reinforcement Tom Vodanovich.
Vodanovich, who came in as a replacement for banished import Jamaal Franklin, waxed hot for 23 points in the first half to give the FiberXers a slim 58-57 edge at halftime.
But San Miguel turned the tide in the third quarter thanks to Clark, who scattered 16 points in the period as the Beermen grabbed a 94-82 lead going into the final salvo en route to the 16-point triumph.
CJ Perez backstopped Clark in scoring with 26 points on top of 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals, while Vic Manuel put up 20 points and 4 rebounds.
San Miguel will face the winner between Barangay Ginebra and NLEX in the final four.
San Miguel 121 – Clark 40, Perez 26, Manuel 20, Cruz 12, Tautuaa 8, Lassiter 7, Enciso 6, Ross 2, Brondial 0, Bulanadi 0.
Converge 105 – Vodanovich 39, Ahanmisi 18, Arana 14, Stockton 12, Melecio 11, Teng 7, Balanza 4, Murrell 0, Tratter 0, Ebona 0, Tolomia 0, Racal 0.
Quarters: 34-27, 57-58, 94-82, 121-105.