Rob Herndon waxed hot from deep to lead San Miguel's furious fourth quarter run to put away slumping NorthPort, 122-106, in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday.
Herndon provided a huge spark off the bench with 21 points, 11 coming in the final quarter, in just almost 20 minutes of action to help SMB improve to 6-1.
Ending the first half and the third quarter in ties, 55-all and 82-all, respectively, the Beermen rode a strong start to open the payoff period with Herndon and Marcio Lassiter fueling a quick 18-6 rampage for a 100-88 lead.
During that run, Herndon scored eight points after being held to just 10 markers in the first three quarters.
The 6-foot-3 Herndon again drilled a triple for a 105-90, blowing the game wide open with still 6:03 left in the game.
Aside from Herndon, also starring for SMB were June Mar Fajardo who finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal while Paul Zamar chipped in 15 markers.
CJ Perez was also a key cog, pouring in 17 points, 12 assists, and nine boards as SMB solidified its grip on the solo first spot.
NorthPort, which fell to 2-5 behind a five-game losing streak, got a solid outing from Arwind Santos who breached the 10k-mark in points with his 25-point output tonight.
—JMB, GMA News