Through its first five games, no team in the PBA Commissioners’ Cup has figured out the San Miguel Beermen.
They’ve been nothing short of dominant, racking up wins left and right, including their latest one against the defending conference champions Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Saturday.
Seven players scored in double-figures against ROS with import Charles Rhodes being the top-scorer with 26 points. It was a well-balanced effort for the Beermen as they shot 52 percent from the field, including going 10-for-28 from downtown.
San Miguel has been unstoppable and they’ve done it through talent and execution. Unlike their previous Commissioners’ Cup campaigns where they always seemed to slow down after winning the Philippine Cup, this year has been different. They haven’t taken their foot off the gas pedal, and it even seems that they’re stronger than before.
They even avoided a meltdown from their import midway through the game. Rhodes was visibly frustrated with the referees, not to mention the pesky defense of ROS’ Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, and Shawn Taggart. Rhodes then left the SMB bench and went all the way into their locker room, a strange and alarming sight, no doubt. It even brought back memories of old Beermen imports who imploded on the team. Fortunately after a few minutes, Rhodes was back on the sidelines, laughing it up with his teammates. And a few possessions later, he caught a lob pass from Chris Ross for a thunderous slam.
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