Myles Powell explodes for 50 in return as Bay Area spoils Ryan Pearson's ROS debut with 33-point rout

Myles Powell dropped 50 points on 11 triples in just three quarters. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Myles Powell returned with a vengeance on Friday after dropping 50 points for Bay Area in a 120-87 rout against Rain Or Shine in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Powell nearly matched the Elasto Painters' output throughout the first three quarters as he did the feat within the first 36 minutes of action even as the Dragons held them to just 58 within the same span.

Bay Area sustained its form in the fourth quarter even if it decided to sit out its key players including Powell.

Powell went 15-for-25 from the field including 11-of-17 from beyond the arc for his 50-point blast, the most threes made by an import since Jerod Ward also hit 11 triples for more than half of his 61-point outburst in TNT's, formerly Mobiline, 93-87 win against Ginebra in the 2001 Commissioner's Cup.

Seven-foot-five beanpole Liu Chuanxing added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench as the Dragons tied the Converge FiberXers for second place at 7-2, just behind the Magnolia Hotshots (6-1) on winning rate.

Bay Area holds the tiebreaker over Converge through its 106-100 win on Oct. 7, putting the former in a good position to finish the elimination round at the Top 2, which means a once-to-win advantage in the quarterfinals.

Anton Asistio led the Elasto Painters, who fell to 4-5, with 20 points on six triples, four rebounds, and four assists off the bench.

Ryan Pearson struggled in his PBA debut, only making nine points on 2-of-7 shooting, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals against three turnovers.

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