Rain or Shine made sure not to let any more controversial moments decide the outcome of this game.
Late in the final frame, with both teams playing a slow, defensive game that featured 11 ties and lead changes, the Painters found themselves trailing the Bolts 79-74. It was at this point that Rain or Shine unleashed their game clinching run, fuelled by Paul Lee, Beau Belga, Ryan Arana and Bruno Sundov enroute to a 91-82 final.
Not only did Coach Yeng’s team dominate the end game offensively, but they also were able to put the clamps on Meralco’s Eric Dawson, allowing him to score only 8 points in the 2nd half as compared to 15 in the opening two quarters and not allowing any local outside of Cardona to score in double digits.
Let’s review our keys to the game:
- Steppin-Up: With Jeff Chan out, Ryan Arana definitely stepped up for the painters, he finished with 20 points on a multitude of shots from all over the court. Perhaps the best part of it all, Arana’s fearless demeanour on the court, attacking Dawson without hesitation.
- Defeating Dawson: Dawson’s numbers in Meralco’s game 1 win, 37 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals & 2assists. His numbers in a loss vs. Alaska? 15 points, 13 rebounds, & 1 steal. Against Rain or Shine, he tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists & 6 steals. But, those 23 points came on a 29% shooting clip. When you’re using up most of your team’s possessions, 29% won’t cut it.
- Local Support: Apart from Arana’s 20, the Rain or Shine’s other local players made their presence felt with Norwood finishing with 10 points and Lee with 9. While Lee was instrumental in the finishing run, he still has yet to return to last season’s ROY form.
If the Painters didn’t go on that run, they’d probably be looking at a 0-2 record right now. Will this be the start of improved play for Rain or Shine? We’ll see on Friday, as they feature in a Governor’s Cup finals re-match with San Mig Coffee and Denzel Bowles.
Oh yeah, before I forget:
Bruno Sundov Block Watch: 1