Charles Rhodes just warming up after playing best offensive game for SMB in win over Star
Charles Rhodes scores on a vicious two-handed slam against Chris Javier and Allein Maliksi. Jaime Campos

THREE games into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and Charles Rhodes is already starting to get his feet right under him. 

For teams wishing to have a chance against this powerhouse San Miguel team, that's another bad news that they have to deal with. 

Rhodes came up with his best game of the conference, firing away 29 points in the Beermen's 103-97 win over the Star Hotshots on Easter Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Saddled by fouls in the first two quarters, Rhodes put on a show in the second half which he jumpstarted by a vicious two handed dunk on rookie Chris Javier and Allein Maliksi with over two minutes left in the third period. 

As he continues to reach his preferred shape, Rhodes told the fans to expect more of it..

"You got to get used to it cause I'm gonna do it a lot. There's a lot of anger in that dunk right there," Rhodes said with a smile. 

"I'm not even a hundred percent yet, I'm just at 80. Once I get to a hundred percent, we're gonna do a lot of that," he added. 

That move seemed to have lit a fire under his belly as he dominated his counterpart and good friend Tony Mitchell in the fourth period.

The 31-year-old Texas native scored 13 points in the payoff period, easily getting the better of Mitchell who eventually fouled out of the game.

That earned him praises from coach Leo Austria who was putting prime on taking Mitchell out of his element during the game. 

"I'm happy to see our import na talagang nakipag-compete at namayani yung pride niya, knowing Mitchell is a prolific import," Austria said.

"One of our goals is to get Mitchell into foul trouble and I'm happy na naintindihan ng import namin and he kept on attacking Mitchell," Austria added. 

Despite the obviously physical match-up against Mitchell, Rhodes reiterated their clashes were nothing personal, and instead said it's just business as usual.

"You know we go out there and compete and once it’s over you know we're good friends. It's all just competing and I stepped up to the challenge."

 

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