Beermen clinch playoff bonus after stopping Globalport
Paul Lintag on Jun 02, 2017 06:23 PM
The Beermen clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA quarterfinals after stopping Globalport.
San Miguel took care of its business.
The Beermen clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, stoppping the Globalport Batang Pier Friday at the Big Dome, 112-101.
While its final standing is yet to be determined, the bottomline is San Miguel is one of the top two seeds entering the playoffs after finishing the elimination round with a 9-2 record.
After losing an early 16-point lead, the Beermen had to rely on import Charles Rhodes in the fourth quarter to avoid an upset against the very confident Batang Pier side that won back-to-back games entering prior to facing San Miguel.
Rhodes did not disappoint as he pumped 19 of his 34 points in the final 12 minutes, anchoring the Beermen to their third straight win.
"I told the boys that this is the start of our best-of-three series, nakaisa na kami," head coach Leo Austria said.
While their playoff opponent is yet to be determined, San Miguel only needs one more win to make the semifinals anew.
Looking to avoid falling down to fourth place with a loss, the Beermen came out firing in the first period, starting the game on a 12-0 run before establishing a 16-point lead early in the second, 37-21.
However, Globalport would settle down and started to work its way back, even taking the lead in the third quarter, 58-54, as the trio of import Justin Harper, Stanley Pringle, and Terrence Romeo racked up the points.
All of that went for naught though as Rhodes exploded in the fourth to power the Beermen to victory.
"I’m happy to see for the first time that our import didnt get to early foul trouble and I think this is a team effort," Austria said of Rhodes who played almost 40 minutes and was only called for fouls twice.
Aside from Rhodes, San Miguel got big games from its usual suspects as Chris Ross (17 points), June Mar Fajardo (15 points), Alex Cabagnot (13 points), Marcio Lassiter (13 points), and Arwind Santos (13 points) all finished in double figures.
The Batang Pier, now tied with Phoenix and Alaska for 7-9th place with identical 4-7 cards, got 25 points from Harper while Pringle and Romeo scored 21 apiece.
San Miguel (112) - Rhodes 34, Ross 17, Fajardo 15, Cabagnot 13, Lassiter 13, Santos 13, Reyes 4, Tubid 3, Heruela 0, Espinas 0.
Globalport (101) - Harper 25, Pringle 21, Romeo 21, Guinto 11, Anthony 9, Pessumal 5, Cortez 4, Ababou 3, Grey 2, Forrester 0, Maierhofer 0, Mamaril 0, Paredes 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarterscores: 32-21, 51-46, 77-72, 112-101.
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