The San Miguel Beermen eked out an 89-87 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at the Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro.
San Miguel secured its third straight victory for a 5-5 record, tied for fifth place with Magnolia. Rain or Shine, on the other hand, closed out the elimination round with a 5-6 card.
Chris McCullough and June Mar Fajardo starred on both ends of the floor for the Beermen. McCullough finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks, while Fajardo delivered 23 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks.
The Elasto Painters appeared on their way to an explosive first quarter until Terrence Romeo came in and injected the energy that San Miguel needed. Romeo, who is still recovering from a dislocated finger, knocked down three straight 3s that swung the momentum to the Beermen’s side.
San Miguel carried a slim three-point edge at halftime but Rain or Shine displayed renewed aggressiveness in the third quarter to steal back the lead. The two engaged in a tight battle in the final period that resulted in multiple deadlocks and lead changes.