Rain or Shine manhandles GlobalPort for 2nd straight win
MANILA, Philippines – The oncourt tandem of Arizona Reid and Ryan Arana proved too much for GlobalPort as Rain or Shine throttled the Batang Pier, 94-74, on Saturday’s PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Reid dished out a double-double effort of 27 points and 12 rebounds while Arana came up with 21 points to improve Rain or Shine’s record to 2-0.
“Malaking bagay sa short conference format yung 2-0. The best chance you get to go to the next round is win early,” said Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao in the PBA website.
Paul Lee finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal for Rain or Shine, which saw limited action from Gilas Pilipinas players Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan.
“We’re trying to get Gabe and Jeff back into their regular rhythm. Gaganda pa 'yung laro namin kung nakabalik na talaga sila,” said Guiao.
The coach added that he is happy to see Reid doing what he does best. The 27-year-old American was the PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import two years ago.
“He’s working hard on the boards and he shot better now. I’m just looking for the guys to blend well,” said Guiao.
Rain or Shine dominated Globalport which was trailing the Elasto Painters, 41-33, after two quarters.
Reid and Arana blasted GlobalPort away in the second half by outscoring the whole Batang Pier team.
Markieth Cummings paced GlobalPort with 23 points and 14 boards, but received little help from the locals.
Only Sol Mercado came up with double figures for the Batang Pier with 13 points.
Gary David, who played his first game since the FIBA Asia Championship tournament, finished with just three points.