Rain or Shine Elasto Painters overcame the third quarter surge of Globalport Batang Pier to grab their fourth victory of the conference, 86-83. Jeff Chan’s hot outside shooting propelled the Painters to victory for the second straight game, making 11 of his team-high 16 points in the final period. One of GBP’s so-called three-headed monsters, Alex Cabagnot, led the way for the Batang Pier with 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists. He had the opportunity to send the match to overtime but Gabe Norwood forced him to throw an off-balance triple that did not fall.
The Painters operated heavily around the perimeter. They pass the ball around the three-point area as the cutters attempt to get a good spot. If they don’t find any opening inside, most of them, including the big guys, are confident enough to go ahead and take outside shots. It was not a good night from downtown as they only made seven of their 22 attempts, but it still gave their defenders a tough time.
Globalport shot more efficiently from the field but their inability to take care of the leather killed them. They committed 20 turnovers that resulted to 21 Rain or Shine points, which is huge compared to the nine buckets they made off 12 turnovers. Rain or Shine was able to build a 13-point lead by halftime because of these costly errors.
Everything seemed well-distributed among the players of ROS – minutes, points, rebounds, assists. This is what makes them unpredictable and difficult to handle. Their deep roster has always been one of their strongest suits. ROS bench players contributed 46 points against GBP’s 14. Aside from Chan, five other players scored in double digits. Beau Belga finished with 12 markers, Paul Lee and Raymond Almazan dropped 11, while Jervy Cruz and JR Quinahan made 10 apiece.
- Rain or Shine struggled from the charity stripe, only draining 19 of their 31 attempts. As Coach Yeng Guiao said, life would have been easier for them had they made their free throws. Both Chan and Belga were 3-of-7 from the line, with the latter making his misses down the stretch. Thankfully, Lee coolly sunk his two freebies with four seconds remaining to seal the deal for ROS.
- It’s a good thing that captain Jireh Ibanes suited up for this game after missing the last one. Aside from being solid on defense, he made some much-needed baskets, including the three-pointer that tied the match at 70-all early in the fourth quarter. He contributed 8 points on 3-of-3 shooting.
- Rebounding is still Rain or Shine’s waterloo. They were outrebounded by the Batang Pier, 42 to 48. Among the twelve teams, they are currently dead last in terms of offensive rebound rate at 22.5 percent (league average is 30.1). This is something that the team really needs to work on.
It was not a very convincing win but a win nonetheless. They only have a few days to collect themselves before they face Meralco on Saturday.
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