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    SMB looks to seal spot in quarters as Beermen face Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

    Jul 13, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel Beer tries to formalize its entry in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup as it attempts to stretch its winning streak against Rain or Shine in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday.

    The Beermen and the Elasto Painters tangle at 5 p.m. in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special game.

    San Miguel has not lost since Chris McCullough came over to replace former Best Import Charles Rhodes, posting wins over Phoenix (128-108) and NLEX (109-105).

    A third straight win will have the 4-5 Beermen officially clinching a playoffs berth.

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      As things stand now, five wins is the magic number for teams to advance to the quarterfinals after losses by Meralco (3-7) and Phoenix (4-7) on Friday night.

      Rain or Shine (5-5), along with Magnolia (5-5), were among those which benefitted from the outcome of Friday night's game, getting free rides to the playoffs.

      Still, the Elasto Painters look to score a win for a better placing in the quarterfinals and a shot at catching up with both Blackwater and Barangay Ginebra, tied for third with 6-4 records.

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      Like the Beermen, the Elasto Painters are on a two-game winning streak, including a 86-82 win over Magnolia last Wednesday that saw the debut of import Carl Montgomery.

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