MANILA, Philippines – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters kept their slim playoff hopes alive after upsetting the B-Meg Llamados, 101-95, in the elimination round of the PBA Commissioners Cup Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
According to PBA.ph, it was the second straight game that the E-Painters won to avoid getting eliminated from the playoff picture.
“We’re trying hard to prolong our season and I think we played our best game in the tourney tonight,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Import Duke Crews had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the E-Painters connected on 10 of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
But Guiao was more pleased with their defense and rebounding, as Rain or Shine controlled the boards 52-44, including 22 offensive rebounds.
“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 said.
Rain or Shine has won two straight games and is now tied with the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Meralco Bolts with a 3-5 record, good for a share of the eighth place.
B-Meg import Denzel Bowles led all scorers with 38 points, but he got little help from his local teammates. PJ Simon was the only other B-Meg player in double figures with 19 points.
James Yap struggled with only seven points.
“Our defense on James was also a key. Simon scored his usual number, but in order for B-Meg to play well, they need their double-barrel to keep firing,” Guiao noted.
B-Meg dropped to a 5-3 record. They are in second place in the team standings behind the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.
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