RoS rains treys, shines over Barako
MANILA, Philippines - Days after it ran into a “low-pressure” kind of offense, Rain or Shine found its old rhythm and rained torrents of points, including nine treys, on hapless Barako Bull, 120-93, in the PBA Governors Cup eliminations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
|Mike Singletary of Barako Bull (C) attempts a lay-up against the defense of TY Tang, Beau Belga and Jireh Ibanez of Rain or Shine. Photo by Nuki Sabio, PBA Images.|
Four days after being limited to the lowest output (76 points) in the conference, the Elasto Painters made a big turnaround, striking with the biggest output and the most lopsided victory in the season-ending tournament.
The E-Painters came out with an amazing effort minus two key players in Paul Lee and Chris Tiu and got back into strong contention for a Top Four finish in the elims as they caught up with the Energy Cola at fourth place at 4-3.
“We finally played well. We just looked to score and it paid off,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
“We really prepared hard for this game but I wasn’t sure if our offense would click. Our offense was awful as we lost three of our last three games,” Guiao also said. “I just told the guys to forget the stats, the numbers and the misses we’ve been through.”
In a cold, stormy night, the E-Painters turned hot, torching the badly stunned Energy Cola with at least 28 points in each quarter.
Gilas Pilipinas heroes Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood regained their bearing, putting in their worthiest performance in their return to their mother team.
Averaging just 5.6 points before this game, Chan finally rediscovered his touch, leading all local scorers with 20 markers spiked by 4-of-5 three-pointers. He was 3-of-25 from beyond the arc in their previous games.
Norwood chipped in 11 points, including a highlight slam giving Rain or Shine its biggest lead of 29, 120-91, with 1:10 left to play. The 6-foot-4 guard/forward also logged seven assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
The whole RoS team went 9-of-28 from the three-point area and 44-of-88 in all in field goal shooting as the E-Painters clobbered the Energy Cola, surpassing Petron’s 26-point conquest of Air21 (112-86) last Aug. 28.
The E-Painters stormed out of the starting block, 21-4, and dominated the contest to the finish, dealing the Energy Cola their worst defeat in two years.
“This is our best game in the conference. Everybody stepped up on both ends of the court. Jonathan (Uyloan) provided a lot of contributions in the absence of Paul Lee. He played good ‘D’ on Eman Monfort,” said Guiao.
The third-string guard Uyloan started with Arizona Reid, Chan, Norwood and JR Quinahan and made his presence felt in delivering 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Lee and Tiu were out with the former nursing an injured elbow and the latter on a personal trip abroad.
“Big win dahil mabigat ang parating namin,” said Guiao, referring their next two games versus Barangay Ginebra then Talk n Text.
Meanwhile, red-hot teams Petron Blaze and Meralco pursue their Top Four aspirations in tangling with Talk n Text and Globalport, respectively, in the Wednesday card also at the Big Dome.
The Boosters and the Tropang Texters clash at 7:30 p.m. with a win guaranteeing the former of at least a tie for No. 4 spot at the close of the short one-round-robin elims phase.
Marcus Blakely logged a season-best 28 rebounds, 22 points and eight assists in a monstrous all-around game powering San Mig Coffee to a 95-82 win over Alaska Milk, 95-82, and a piece of third place with Barako and Rain or Shine later in the night.