Star gave San Miguel a hard time but the Beermen held on for a 77-76 victory in Game 2 to tie their semifinals series in the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Paul Lee had a chance to play hero and give the Hotshots a commanding 2-0 series lead but his runner in the last five seconds was off, allowing the Beermen to escape.
Charles Rhodes had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Beermen. He got ample help from his local teammates as June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot combined for 46 points.
Ratliffe was the high man for Star with 25 points, while Jalalon added 18 in the Game 2 loss.