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Rhodes’ title search ends with the Beermen

Charles Rhodes’ nine-year odyssey for a title has finally come to an end.

Always on the cusp of a championship but never a champion, the mercurial reinforcement made sure he’d be one on Sunday night, catching fire early in what would be a title-clinching Game 6 for San Miguel over TNT.

Charles Rhodes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
“I knew I had to set the tone, but the other guys set the tone also. So in first quarter, we just wanted to come in and punch them in the face first because if we do that, we know we’ll win the game,” Rhodes said after pouring in a game-high 30 points that went with 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and two steals to carry the Beermen to their first Commissioner’s Cup crown in 17 years.

“They’ll be so intense trying to get it to a Game 7, they’ll be shooting bad shots, so we did that and everything took care of itself.”

Forget Dominic McGuire, the NBA veteran who was supposedly the Beermen’s first-choice import this conference. Forget Ricardo Ratliffe, the decorated Star reinforcement who has owned Rhodes’ number in the Korean Basketball League and the one coach Leo Austria endorsed as the prospective Best Import.

When the dust settled, Rhodes stood tall, drenched in confetti and soaking in all the glory after finally getting over the hump as he made believers out of doubters.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/254711/rhodes-title-search-ends-with-the-beermen

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