Rhodes on his epic start in Game 6: We wanted to punch them in the face
Paul Lintag on Jul 02, 2017 11:50 PM
"First quarter, we just wanted to come in and punch them in the face first because if we do that, we know we'll win the game." --- Charles Rhodes.
With San Miguel looking to close out TNT to win the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Beermen went with a familiar force for some much-needed spark.
Import Charles Rhodes was a dominating presence for San Miguel to start Game 6, scoring 14 points right in the first quarter as the Beermen established an early double-digit lead against the KaTropa.
By halftime, Rhodes already had 20 points, including a big alley-oop slam to finish off the second quarter.
San Miguel took a 20-point lead after the break and rolled to win a 24th PBA title, most in league history.
"I couldn't sleep, man. I knew I had to set the tone, but the other guys set the tone also," Rhodes said, who wound up with 30 points on top of 11 rebounds.
"First quarter, we just wanted to come in and punch them in the face first because if we do that, we know we'll win the game. They'll be so intense trying to get it to a Game 7, they'll be shooting bad shots, so we did that and everything took care of itself," he added.
After making it to his first ever pro Finals in his first tour of duty in the PBA, Rhodes can also finally call himself a champion after helping the Beermen break a 17-year championship drought in the Commissioner's Cup.
And this championship is extra sweet because Rhodes didn't almost make it here as San Miguel's import.
"It happened in the Philippines [first career title]. I'm just lost for words. I just wanted to thank San Miguel for choosing me over Dominic McGuire, Rhodes said, revealing that the Beermen actually had to pick between him and McGuire, a seven-year NBA veteran.
Coming in and joining San Miguel right away during its celebration after winning the Philippine Cup last March, Rhodes is looking forward to another celebration, this time with him having a hand in winning the title.
"We went through a little adversity, but these guys, they’re great teammates. They welcomed me as family from Day One, and I came to a parade (PH Cup victory party) in my first day here," Rhodes said.
"I’ll be having my own parade soon," he added.
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