San Miguel shot 47 percent on the floor in the first quarter as against only 21 percent for Barangay Ginebra as the Beermen took a double-digit lead in the first half and never let the Gin Kings get into the groove, they held off their fast-paced game and expected rallies. The Beermen were on top by 14 points, 72-58, with five minutes left in the final period.
From a close third quarter, Ginebra suddenly erupted with fastbreak plays and long-range baskets. Danny Seigle was the biggest letdown for the Beermen, shooting 2-of-24 from the floor and 0-of-17 from the outside in San Miguel's worst loss in the conference. Jayjay Helterbrand made 12 of his 14 points while Jun Limpot hit 7 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Danny Ildefonso hit two crucial free throws in the final 16.6 seconds in overtime. After Ildefonso's charities, rookie Mark Caguioa, who made a career-high 30 points, had a chance to push the game into second overtime but his three-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired.
Danny Seigle, firing from all angles, finished the first half with 19 points. The Beermen took a 50–39 halftime lead and there was no stopping San Miguel from thereon, dominating the boards and pulling away with a flurry of baskets in the third period to open a 19-point spread. The Beermen had their largest lead of 28 points in the fourth quarter at 92–64.