View from the Enemy: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters


 

No more first game jitters, no more chemistry issues and no more adjustment periods.

Barangay Ginebra will parade its tall line-up against the deep and talented Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. With both teams still undefeated, expect a grueling and physical game later this afternoon.

Every face-off of between Ginebra and Rain or Shine becomes a must watch game due to the excitement, physicality and big names that are playing. Ginebra will have their towers, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Jay-ar Reyes who all stand 6’9 and above. They will also have Tinyente LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand. On the wings are Chris Ellis, Mac Baracael and the returning Dylan Ababou and newcomer Emman Monfort has quickly become a fan favorite. Meanwhile, ROS will banner heartthrobs Chris Tiu and rookie Jeric Teng. They still have Belga and Quiñahan, while Gilas mainstays Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood are looking like they’re back in to their old form. Their bench went from deep to deeper as they added rookies Raymund Almazan and Alex Nuyles to the old reliables Ryan Araña, Jervy Cruz, TY Tang and Jireh Ibañes. And oh by the way they still have Paul Lee. This is how deep this team is.

Gilas teammates Tenorio and Norwood will face for the first time this conference. (photo credit:

Gilas teammates Tenorio and Norwood will face for the first time this conference.
(photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan, AKTV)

Keys of the game:

Control the Paint 

Rain or Shine’s big men are intimidating but they’re not that tall. With the height advantage favoring Ginebra, they need to control the paint. They need to get all the boards, they need to protect the rim, they need to establish their inside game and lastly they need to stay out of foul trouble.

Japeth's role is to protect the rim from slashers. (photo credit: Pranz Kaeno Billones, Sports5)

Japeth’s role is to protect the rim from slashers.
(photo credit: Pranz Kaeno Billones, Sports5)

Find the open man 

This is one of Ginebra’s main weapons since LA Tenorio joined the team. His unselfishness and leadership has proven to be a positive sign for the crowd’s favorite team. Ginebra is one of the leaders in assists last season and in their first game they tallied 22 assists. They’ve been running Pick N’ Rolls, Pick N’ Pops, Drive N’ Dishes, Alley Oops and many variety of plays to keep the ball moving until the last person to touch the ball is open to take the shot.

Surprise it is 

San Mig was caught unaware by the explosion of Dylan Ababou off the bench after the former Gilas standout scored all of his 16 points in the 2nd half. He also added 3-triples while simultaneously playing great defense on James Yap. Ginebra needs another surprise game from one of their role players against a much deeper ROS squad.

Key Match-up:

Greg Slaughter vs. Beau Belga 

Slaughter admits he was surprised by the level of physicality in the PBA in his first game so, he should be more aware this time as he’ll match-up against one of the most physical players in the league. Belga in not just physical, he’s strong and he’s smart for a big guy. Greg will have his hands full against the half of extra rice inc.

Prediction

I know how tough this ROS team is but Ginebra knows how to beat this team. Another factor, LA Tenorio is playing at a different level that no other player come close with him. Ginebra will win a close and another drama filled game.