Big men deliver big win for Rain or Shine
MANILA, Philippines – “Extra Rice Inc.” tandem JR Quinahan and Baeu Belga pushed Rain or Shine past defending champion Talk ‘N Text, 90-88, on Saturday’s PBA Philippine Cup, as the Elasto Painters came closer to clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round.
Quinahan and Belga scored the crucial plays down the stretch while the rest of the squad clamped down on Talk ‘N Text’s scorers for Rain or Shine’s 9th victory in 12 starts.
The wide-bodied Quinahan had 19 points, including three successful three point attempts, while the equally bulky Belga tallied 16 markers.
The victory completed a 5-game streak for the Elasto Painters, who are now just behind league-leader Barangay Ginebra.
“We’re beating teams in endgame situations and it shows mental toughness. We show maturity and we show desire to win in tight situations,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao in the PBA website.
Talk ‘N Text fell to fourth place with a 7-5 card and will have to compete in a best-of-three quarterfinal series to progress.
Ranidel de Ocampo topscored for the Tropang Texters with 24 points, including 6 triples. Danny Seigle added 18 points and 4 rebounds.
But none of them mattered when Belga started doing damage during crunch time.
In the other game, San Mig Coffee dashed Air21’s hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.
The triumvirate of Yancy de Ocampo, Mark Barroca, and Peter June Simon delivered the Mixers to a 67-60 win over Air21, effectively ousting the Express from the race to the playoffs.
De Ocampo had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Simon notched 20 points.
Barroca was the biggest thorn on Air21’s side as he poured all of his 11 points in the final period.
Now carrying a 5-7 card, San Mig Coffee is in a logjam for 3rd with Barako Bull and Meralco.