Rain or Shine continued to play big with its back against the wall, ducking elimination for the
second straight game with a 101-95 whipping of B-Meg in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart
Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
The Elasto Painters thrived under pressure, pounding the Llamados with a good perimeter shooting and staying alive with a 3-5 win-loss card.
“We’re trying to hard to prolong our season and I think we played our best game in the tourney
tonight,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
“We especially did well playing defense. We defended and rebounded very well in our last two games and that’s the key, giving us hope for a playoff or a decent finish in the tourney,” Guiao also said.
With back-to-back wins, the Elasto Painters drew level with the Petron Blaze Boosters and the
Meralco Bolts at eighth place at 3-5, now just half-game behind the Air21 Express (3-4) and a game adrift the Alaska Milk Aces (4-4) and the Barako Bull Energy (4-4).
The Llamados slid back to second place behind the Talk n Text Tropang Texters (5-2) with a third
loss in eight games.
Rain or Shine torched B-Meg with an 8-of-16 three-point shooting as the Elasto Painters opened a
double-digit spread at 84-73 from a 45-48 count.
Jeff Chan accounted for four of those three-point conversions, finishing with five in all and a
total of 19 points in the well-fought game.
The Llamados were still within striking distance at 69-72 before Chan and Gabe Norwood strung up
four straight triples as against a twinner each by James Yap and Joe Devance.
Curiously, that was the first field goal made by Yap in the night, shackled down by Norwood and
“Our defense on James was also a key. Peter June Simon scored his usual number, but in order for
B-Meg to play well, they need their double-barrel to keep firing,” said Guiao.
Yap struggled for only seven points on 2-of-13 field shooting and 2-of-5 free throws.
Denzel Bowles produced 38 huge points but Duke Crews got more rebounds with 16 and added 24 points.
The Elasto Painters dominated the boards and enjoyed a 13-8 advantage on second-chance points in
taking the half at 43-39.
Ryan Arana scored on a breakaway layup then Norwood executed a two-handed throw-down as the Elasto Painters broke a 39-all standoff for their four-point lead at the turn. (SB)
RAIN OR SHINE 101 - Crews 24, Chan 19, Arana 14, Norwood 11, Matias 8, Buenafe 8, Lee 6, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Belga 0, Ibanes 0.
B-MEG 95 - Bowles 38, Simon 19, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Yap 7, Barroca 6, Devance 5, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Burtscher 0.
Quarters: 19-18, 39-43, 64-70, 101-95