Playing his finest game in a Ginebra uniform, Willie Miller Wednesday night hit most of the baskets that hurt San Miguel in a 104-90 victory which snapped the Beermen’s nine-game winning streak in the PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The 6-foot dynamo, a winner of two MVP trophies with different teams, scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and had eight assists, his five-point cluster capping a telling spurt that had Ginebra wriggling out of a tight game for a 96-88 lead with 2:16 left.
Ginebra thus rose to 8-4 and into solo third spot, and improved its chances of an outright berth by keeping the second-running Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, who have a 9-2 record, within sight.
“His teammates are urging him to score, which is not hard for him because he can do it,” coach Jong Uichico said.
The Beermen remained in the lead despite the loss, their first in close to two months and just their second in 12 outings.
“We cannot celebrate this win,” he added. “We needed a 30-point lead and their import to foul out for us to win by one (point). We haven’t won in a long time and I guess the guys have forgotten how to win.
“It’s hard to close out games. It was actually hard for us to even close out quarters,” Guiao added. “Our main objective right now is to stay alive as long as we can.”