SAN Miguel Beer import Charles Rhodes proved too much for GlobalPort to handle as he led his team to a 112-101 win and closer to a coveted goal Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rhodes scored 17 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive fourth period in leading a slew of Beermen who helped get the job done in their final game of the eliminations.
With nine wins in 11 games, SMB tied Star at the top and is assured of taking at least No. 2, providing Barangay Ginebra prevails as expected over Mahindra later in the evening.
Ginebra beat SMB, but the Beermen defeated the Hotshots.
Either way, both top two elims finishers get a twice-to-beat advantage over the lowest-ranked teams in the eight-team quarterfinals and that is something SMB coach Leo Austria could be content with. – PBA
SMB 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, Pennisi 0, Maierhofer 0, Mamaril 0, Paredes 0
Quarterscores: 32-21, 51-46, 77-72, 112.