SAN Miguel Beer proved to be Rain or Shine’s toughest obstacle yet in its title-retention bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as the Beermen overwhelmed the Elasto Painters, 111-98, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Beermen gained significant separation in the second quarter before cruising to their fifth straight victory.
Charles Rhodes made up for his early foul trouble by leading the Beermen in putting on the finishing touches against the defending champion E-Painters, who absorbed a third setback in seven games.
The E-Painters fell into a hole as deep as 22 points as they failed to go for an encore following their stunning come-from-behind win from 17 points down against Phoenix.
Five more players scored in double digits in a balanced effort for the Beermen, who shot 52 percent (43-of-82) from the field as a unit.
Shawn Taggart showed the way for the E-Painters with 24 points and 10 boards, but the import committed seven turnovers in 38 minutes.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
SMB 111 – Rhodes 26, Espinas 15, Cabagnot 14, Fajardo 14, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 10, De Ocampo 5, Heruela 2, Garcia 0
ROS 98 – Taggart 24, Ahanmisi 16, Chan 16, Yap 13, Cruz 11, Belga 8, Norwood 5, Ponferada 5, Tolomia 0, Tiu 0, Almazan 0, Washington 0
Quarterscores: 26-23, 57-44, 82-68, 111-98