San Miguel Beermen continued to build momentum after a disastrous start as it escaped past the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 89-87, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday at Xavier University Gym, Cagayan de Oro City.

As a result, the Beermen picked up their third straight win to formally enter the playoffs as they upped their record to 5-5. Already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals, Rain or Shine, meanwhile, ended the eliminations with a 5-6 record.

Import Chris McCullough and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo combined for the Beermen’s final 11 points in the Petron Blaze Saturday Special, as they survived Rain or Shine’s 5-0 rally inside the final minute.

McCullough had 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and five blocks as he remained unbeaten in three games since replacing former Best Import Charles Rhodes. His three-pointer with 1:38 left gave the Beermen an 87-82 lead before a slam by Fajardo, who produced 24 markers, 15 boards, three blocks, and an assist, stretched it to a seven-point spread for the team.

Rookie guard Javee Mocon led the way for the Elasto Painters with 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range, while adding seven rebounds and eight assists. Import Carl Montgomery had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Rey Nambatac contributed 11 on 3-of-7 shooting from the rainbow country that just went down the drain.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 89 – McCullough 24, Fajardo 23, Romeo 13, Ross 7, Santos 7, Cabagnot 6, Pessumal 3, Lassiter 3, Nabong 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 87 – Mocon 20, Montgomery 18, Nambatac 11, Borboran 9, Daquioag 7, Ponferada 5, Belga 5, Norwood 4, Onwubere 3, Torres 3, Rosales 2.

Quarter scores: 14-18, 47-44, 63-67, 89-87.


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