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first_imgRain or Shine took advantage of an importless San Miguel Beer in overtime, hacking out a 123-119 win to take the solo lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.The defending champion Beermen lost import Troy Gillenwater in the 2:29 mark of the second quarter after bumping referee Rey Yante.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The scores:ALASKA 110—Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0.TNT 100—Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Saitanan 0.Quarters: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Gillenwater was called for a foul on Rain or Shine counterpart Reggie Johnson.  League rules state that hitting an official merits ejection.Raymond Almazan scored eight of Rain or Shine’s 11 overtime points to send the Elasto Painters on top with a 4-1 card. He finished with 25 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJohnson scored 27 points on top of 19 rebounds.The Beermen, winless in two games,  forced overtime at 112-all after an Alex Cabagnot layup in the last 11.4 seconds of regulation. 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In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo paced San Miguel with 29 and 26 points, respectively, but both fouled out.Earlier, Alaska provided an anticlimactic ending to what had initially been expected as a down-the-wire contest with TNT KaTropa.Showing the maturity they have built through the years, the Aces scored a runaway 110-100 win by simply pouncing on a Texters side still groping for chemistry.Vic Manuel again managed the type of all-around game off the bench that powered the Aces the past two outings, particularly during a decisive third-period run that sent the Texters tumbling to a hole they couldn’t climb out of.A workhorse on the shaded lane, Manuel poured in most of his career-high 29 points in the middle quarters as the Aces erected an 18-point advantage before cruising the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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