Watch: San Miguel vs NLEX Game Highlights [May 19, 2017]

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THE long layoff visibly took some edge off San Miguel Beer.

Still, the Beermen got enough left in its tank to hold off NLEX 114-108 Friday and formalize their entry into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Charles Rhodes had 37 points and 19 rebounds and got plenty of help from his local teammates as SMB shook off the ill effects of a 13-day layoff to take control right in the opening quarter.

By the final two-minute mark of the third period, the Beermen sat on a 24-point lead which they used as cushion to fend off the Road Warriors’ last-ditch efforts to act out the role of spoilers.