Bennie Boatwright gave a clearer view of what he is truly capable of once fully settled and San Miguel Beer is so much better because of it.
Boatwright sizzled for 51 points in leading the Beermen to a fourth straight win via a 132-110 thrashing of Terrafirma Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The former USC Trojan shot 19-of-31 from the field, including 7-of-13 from beyond the arc, almost doubling his 26-point output in his debut game on Christmas Day when he went 9-of-26 and 3-of-12.
With Don Trollano leading the locals in providing support, SMB had little trouble jacking its record to 7-3, a slate it would further improve on should it prevail over Blackwater on Friday to close out their elimination round schedule.
Should the Beermen win over the Bossing as expected, they would have a lock on one of the top four spots that carry with it a twice-to-beat advantage in the ensuing quarterfinals.
“Just give all the credit to the coaches and my teammates, they were looking for me today,” said Boatwright, who also had 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots before being sent to the bench for good with still 2:55 left and SMB comfortably ahead, 124-106.
The loss was Terrafirma’s seventh straight, dropping it to a 2-8 card with a last game against Meralco set also on Friday.