(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:15 p.m. -- Phoenix vs. Alaska
7 p.m. -- Globalport vs. Talk N Text
SAN MIGUEL marched on to its fourth straight victory after demolishing a helpless Mahindra squad, 109-80, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Beermen remain unbeaten in the import-spiced conference with a 4-0 record while dealing the Floodbusters their sixth loss in seven games.
Alex Cabagnot led the charge for San Miguel, finishing with a game-high 26 points off an impressive 10-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. He was later named best player of the game.
Beermen reinforcement Charles Rhodes also made his presence felt, capping the night with a double-double production of 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Marcio Lassiter and Gabby Espinas were the only other San Miguel players who finished in double figures, contributing 18 and 12 points, respectively.
The Beermen showed their dominance early, as their solid defense limited the Floodbusters scoring to 16 points in the first period while they exploded for 32 points, courtesy of Rhodes and Cabagnot.
San Miguel erected a comfortable 55-31 advantage at the end of the first half, with its defense still limiting Mahindra to only 15 points in the second period alone.
The Floodbusters showed some semblance of a fight in the third canto, but the short burst of energy they displayed was not enough as the Beermen’s perimeter shooting came to life and ended the third with an 86-59 advantage.
They never looked back from there.
Mahindra’s new import, Keith Wright, debuted with 16 points.
Wright was all alone in his fight for Mahindra in the first half, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
David Celda and Gary David led the locals’ scoring with 13 points apiece, while Jack Corpuz added 10 points.
Action shifts at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tomorrow with Alaska seeking its fifth win as its clashes with Phoenix in the 4:15 p.m. opener while Globalport and Talk N Text collide in the main 7 p.m. game.
San Miguel (109) --Cabagnot 26, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 18, Espinas 12, McCarthy 7, Reyes 6, Tubid 6, Santos 4, Van Opstal 4, Ross 2, Heruela 2, Agovida 2, Fajardo 0, Semerad 0, De Ocampo 0.
Mahindra (80) -- Wright 16, Celda 13, David 13, Corpuz 10, Revilla 7, Yee 7, Deutchman 6, Salva 4, Guevarra 2, Caperal 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Teng 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 32-16, 55-31, 86-59, 109-80.