Greene hits back at Rhodes: 'He plays for San Miguel ... he has refs in his back pocket' 
TNT KaTropa import Donte Greene refuses to back down against SMB's Charles Rhodes - both on the court and in the trash-talking that followed. Jaime Campos

DONTE Greene refused to back down from the challenge of Charles Rhodes as the standout imports went at it after TNT KaTropa’s 112-103 win over San Miguel Beer on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Rhodes engaged Greene in trash talk a handful of times in the marquee matchup, and the latter pushed back by putting up 41 points and 21 boards that negated Rhodes’ 43 points and eight rebounds for the Beermen.

As heated as the action was the post-game trash talk.

“Charles, I guess he feels like he's a top dog out here,” Greene said. “He plays on the best team so you know, he wants to talk his trash but I told him I'm not the one. I do this for a living, literally, and I take on all challenges.

“I love it when guys get to talking and he wanted me to come play him, I came and played him, blocked his shot and he stopped talking after that,” he added. “I think we both respect each other and he knows it's all in the game. It was all good fun.”

[See Rhodes claims Greene 'scared to guard me']

Greene also shrugged off Rhodes’ claim that the TNT import was “scared to guard me,” leaving Greene fresher to score the points late in TNT's win.

“No I wasn't scared to guard him,” Greene insisted. “He plays for San Miguel, so you know, he has the refs in his back pocket. There's no point trying to go man up with him.”

“I guarded him when I needed to guard him,” he added. “And I blocked his shot so he can have that, and think about that and hopefully we'll see him in the playoffs.”

If both teams keep up their current play and finish in the top tier of the standings, they could meet deep in the postseason.

“You always want to play the best, you want to beat the best,” Greene said. “I'm here to play against the best guys, I feel my team is the best. Once we put it all together, hopefully we'll make a good run.”

“But I'm focused one game at a time, just try to get better myself and also make sure my teammates get better and get the win,” he added. “’The most important thing is the win.”

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