SMB takes semis opener against TNT

MANILA — San Miguel took the first win of its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with TNT through a 111-98 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Beermen waxed hot early on, going up, 32-16, at the end of the first quarter.

The KaTropa came to within as close as six in some points later in the game, but the Beermen held on.

Marcio Lassiter dropped four triples en route to a team-high 22 points for SMB, which had two more players with 20 or more.

Jayson Castro tallied 27 markers for TNT.

Game 2 is set for Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Meanwhile, the other semifinal matchup between Ginebra and Star will begin on Thursday night at The Big Dome.