Raymond Almazan is the Painters’ most reliable rebounder (which is not saying a lot because the team as a whole needs to improve on this) and is establishing himself as the go-to guy in the middle. He still needs to build his body toughness inside the paint although he’s already shown much improvement from his first conference up to the present. It will be interesting to watch how he’ll perform against a squad who doesn’t have a dominant center. Meralco does have a Cliff Hodge though, whose hustle and energy will be tough to control. He’s also someone who won’t back out of the Rain or Shine’s physicality. Hodge is currently averaging a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
All eyes will also be on Gilas boys Paul Lee, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, and Beau Belga on one side and Gary David and Jared Dillinger on the other. Among all of them, it’s Norwood who still hasn’t found his offensive rhythm since getting back from their international basketball stint while the rest has been on and off.
Meralco is still grappling with coaching and a few lineup changes, while Rain or Shine practically did not undergo any changes aside from the adjustments that the Gilasto Painters (wenk wenk) needed to make.
ROS will fly back to Manila with the W.
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