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Beermen top Road Warriors in PBA


NBA first-round draftee Chris McCullough took the PBA by storm, unloading a barrage of three-pointers to highlight a spectacular 47-point performance for San Miguel Beer last night.

And taking the cue from their new import, the Beermen snapped out of the rut, repulsing the NLEX Road Warriors, 109-105, to catch up with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at eighth place in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena.

McCullough waxed hottest in the third period, stringing up three straight treys to spike their searing breakaway from 51-52 down at the half.

The 2015 No. 29 NBA draft selection actually fired 12 straight points in his personal run in the third canto, with a three-point play off PoyErram opening an 86-63 bulge for the San Miguel.

And there's simply no stopping the Beermen from checking their skid and pulling even with the Elasto Painters at eighth at 3-5.

The Road Warriors dropped to 2-8, with one game left in the elims versus the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

OluAshaolu and his teammates were A-Okay until San Miguel's 46-point third-quarter onslaught hit them.

In a stirring PBA debut, McCullough scattered 47 points on 17-of-30 clip including 6-of-12 from the arc. He also logged 10 rebounds, two steals and one assists although already being rested by coach Leo Austria with a large chunk of minutes left to play.

He handled well the physicality of the PBA play.

"I'm from New York, that's nothing to me. I'll just be out there playing hard," said the Bronx native, hopeful he can get the Beermen back in a favorable position.

"We're gonna keep winning games, keep going as we try to win the championship," McCullough pointed out.

Refusing to quit even after falling behind by 28, the Road Warriors poured in 36 points in the fourth quarter, and thus made it close in the end.

Ashaolu, warming up for his coming Governors Cup stint, piled up 31 points and 15 rebounds.*pba.ph


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