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San Miguel preserved its immaculate report with a 111-98 thumping of Rain or Shine within the Petron Saturday Special of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena

Charles Rhodes fired 14 of his 26 factors within the fourth quarter breakaway, on high of six rebounds and two assists, whereas Gabby Espinas added 15 markers, eight boards, and 4 assists.

“It’s not that easy to get to win number five, especially with this game,” mentioned coach Leo Austria. “In the start, our big men got into foul trouble, especially Charles Rhodes. But in history of our team, everytime he gets into foul trouble, he still manages to stay in the game and score a lot. That’s how important he is to the team.”

Coming off his first scoreless sport in 4 years, June Mar Fajardo additionally bounced again with 14 factors and eight rebounds, whereas Alex Cabagnot additionally had 14 because the Beermen nabbed their fifth straight win.

It was a dominant exhibiting from San Miguel because it shot 52-percent from the sector, together with a 10-of-28 clip from three, whereas additionally registering 25 assists.

Buoyed by Arwind Santos’ 13 factors within the second interval, the Beermen zoomed forward and unleashed a 31-point outburst to take a 57-44 lead on the half.

Rain or Shine nonetheless tried to chop the deficit to 10, 85-75, with 9 minutes to play within the fourth interval, however Rhodes restored order anew earlier than Marcio Lassiter gave San Miguel its largest lead at 21, 102-81, with left Four:13 on the clock.

Shawn Taggart paced Rain or Shine (Four-Three) with 24 factors and 10 rebounds, however he dedicated seven of the squad’s 21 turnovers.

Jeff Chan and Maverick Ahanmisi each had 16 within the loss.

The Scores:

SAN MIGUEL 111 – Rhodes 26, Espinas 15, Cabagnot 14, Fajardo 14, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 10, De Ocampo 5, Heruela 2, Garcia zero.
RAIN OR SHINE 98 – Taggart 24, Ahanmisi 16, Chan 16, Yap 13, Cruz 11, Belga eight, Norwood 5, Ponferrada 5, Tolomia zero, Tiu zero, Almazan zero, Washington zero.

Quarters: 26-23, 57-44, 82-68, 111-98.

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