San Miguel Beer finally scored a breakthrough in the PBA Commissioner's Cup by dismantling a shorthanded Blackwater, 127-106, on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Marcio Lassiter waxed hot from the perimeter, connecting 9 triples to finish with a conference-high 29 points in the Beermen's first win in 3 games.
Charles Rhodes added 32 points, 19 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 3 assists for San Miguel.
Ray Parks led the way for the Elite with 23 points. But without their reinforcement Alex Stepheson, Blackwater was very vulnerable against San Miguel.
Stepheson reportedly flew to the US to attend to some matters.
“May import o wala, as long as nanalo kami, tatanggapin ko ng maluwag,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.
The Beermen also got 19 points from Alex Cabangot. June Mar Fajardo and Von Pessumal had 12 points each.
It was a welcome victory for San Miguel which had been struggling in the PBA mid-season tournament after winning its fifth straight all-Filipino title.
“This is a good pabaon going to our game against Ginebra,” said Austria.
Blackwater fell to its second defeat in 7 games.
San Miguel 127 - Rhodes 32, Lassiter 29, Cabagnot 19, Fajardo 12, Pessumal 12, Rosser 7, Zamar 8, Ross 6, Standhardinger 2.
Blackwater 106 - Parks 23, Digregorio 18, Sumang 17, Al-Hussaini 11, Maliksi 11, Javier 6, Sena 5, Tratter 5, Cortez 4, Belo 2, Banal 2, Alolino 2, Jose 0, Desiderio 0.
Quarters: 29-21, 62-47, 90-74, 127-106.
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