San Miguel was badly aching for a win and Blackwater import Alex Stepheson gave the Beermen the much-needed opening.
With Stepheson out, SMB wasted little time in coming up with a 127-106 breakthrough victory Friday in the PBACommissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Charles Rhodes notched game-highs of 32 points and 19 rebounds while Marcio Lassiter included himself in the record books with a torrid fourth quarter in leading the Beermen’s charge to their first win in three games.
Stepheson reportedly flew home to the US Friday morning to have his unspecified medical condition attended to by his personal physician.
According to Silliman Sy, Blackwater’s representative to the PBA Board, Stepheson promised to return by Tuesday, well ahead of the Elite’s next game against NorthPort on Saturday.