Raymond Almazan topscored for ROS with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, along with five boards. It was a horrible night from the field for the Elasto Painters. Paul Lee has not been his usual lethal self this playoffs, but he did manage to finish in double digits with 14 points.
Quarterly Score and Four Factors
Misfiring from deep
“Ang daming outside shots. You try to go in first before the outside shot!” a very angry Coach Yeng Guiao understandably quipped, right before the second quarter started. Rain or Shine had ZERO luck from downtown in the first half, flubbing all 14 of their attempts – ten in the first frame alone. Alaska was also misfiring from deep, but the difference was they were scoring better through other means. The Aces were shooting more efficiently than ROS from the inside, and more importantly, they were earning a living
enough to feed a family with a dozen kids from the charity stripe, which leads me to my next point.
Fouls and freebies
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I’m not going to complain about the officiating (because it’s not the be-all and end-all of losses) but I’m still going to point out the free throw disparity. The freebies Alaska received helped them set the tone and establish a wide margin early on. It also slowed down the match, which did not help the Elasto Painters’ cause. I was hoping that the ejection of Coach Yeng and Beau Belga – after being slapped with two technicals each – would wake the blue shirts up, and for a while maybe it did, but they could not sustain the mini-run sparked by Almazan and Lee in the third canto.
Alaska limited Rain or Shine to only 12 points in the 1st quarter, which is very different from how the first two games of the series panned out. The Aces found ways to stop the Elasto Painters from running the break by intercepting their outlet passes and transitioning faster on defense. ROS also could not adjust and play through their frustration over the number of calls they were getting. They lacked focus and rushed their plays, not moving the ball enough to open up the defense and get good looks. It’s quite the opposite for the Aces as they easily dismantled the sloppy interior defense of Rain or Shine.
Almazan stepped up in the absence of Big Beau by being extra aggressive inside, but his fellow bigs JR Quinahan and Jervy Cruz could not provide support and were held down to a combined ten points. The frontline of Alaska, meanwhile, have been taking turns in bullying Rain or Shine. In this game, it was Eric Menk who inflicted major pain to the Painters with his 13-11 double-double production. Not to mention of course Calvin Abueva who dropped 28 huge points on top of 14 rebounds and three steals. ROS should never allow The Beast to get unleashed like that. This is where the lack of true centers becomes very burdensome for the Painters. They have been outrebounded again and again, 43-57. They gave the Aces 17 second chance markers, while only making *drumroll* TWO for themselves.
Now Rain or Shine is down 1-2 and if they don’t get their game together and shift the momentum come Christmas day, they’ll be in great danger of losing it all.
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