ROS routs Alaska to tie semifinals series
MANILA -- The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bounced back on Sunday as they routed the Alaska Aces, 99-87, to level their PBA Governors Cup semifinal series at the Araneta Coliseum.
Rain or Shine saw their five-game winning streak snapped by the Aces last Friday, allowing Alaska to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series.
Alaska took advantage of Rain or Shine’s crucial mistakes in the endgame, and in the process gained a measure of revenge for the 51-point beating that the E-Painters dealt them during the elimination round.
But on Sunday, the E-Painters ensured its victory with a 33-17 second-quarter blowout, led by Arizona Reid and Paul Lee, to end the half with a comfortable 50-38 lead.
They extended this lead in the third quarter, 71-45, which proved to be insurmountable for Alaska.
Reid led ROS with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Lee contributed 21.
RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Reid 27, Lee 21, Chan 18, Tiu 10, Belga 7, Arana 6, Teng 4, Cruz 2, Almazan 2, Nuyles 2, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0.
ALASKA 87 – Manuel 22, Walker 18, Casio 11, Thoss 9, Espinas 8, Abueva 8, Hontiveros 3, Baguio 3, Dela Cruz 2, Buenafe 2, Jazul 1, Bugia 0, Reyes 0, Belasco 0.
Quarterscores: 17-21, 50-38, 77-59, 99-87