The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts brought excitement to the USeP Gym in Davao City as they figured in a physical match that saw tempers flaring, with the Painters coming out as victors, 107-79. It’s the excellent teamwork of ROS on both ends of the court that gave them a huge advantage over the Bolts.

Rain or Shine took control of the game from the very beginning, with Raymond Almazan getting the ball rolling with an and-one play off a nice assist from Paul Lee. Both guys ended with a double-double – Rakenrol contributed 14 points, ten rebounds, and two assists, while the Angas ng Tondo announced to the world that he’s back by finishing with 20 points, career-high ten assists, five rebounds, and three steals.

The Bolts simply could not shake off the stifling defense employed by their opponents. Cliff Hodge, who usually makes it happen for Meralco, was limited to nine points on 4-of-8 shooting in 30 minutes of play, although he did contribute 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Mark Macapagal took over in the early goings of the second period – the only time Meralco was able to get the lead – but the Painters were quick to turn the tides to their favor and they made sure to never look back after that.

Key Stats


47.9% (38-of-81)

Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 35.5% (27-of-76)


Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%) 37.5%


True Shooting Percentage (TS%) 42.6%


Rebounds 51


Assists 24


Steals 6


Blocks 2


Turnovers 19


Second Chance Points 4


Points Off Turnovers 10

Game Notes

1. You just got to love (if you’re a non-Meralco fan, that is) how every Rain or Shine player delivered in this contest. Even Gabe Norwood who’s still struggling offensively has been instrumental with his usual suffocating defense. I especially liked how rookie Jericho Cruz came out to prove that he deserves to be given minutes in a loaded squad. He dropped 15 markers on 69.7 percent true shooting, grabbed five boards, and dished two dimes.

2. The Painters’ defense was unrelenting all throughout, no matter the score. You’d think they were the ones trailing with the way they pressured the Bolts up to the last minute.

3. Heat-of the moment highlights:

  • Coach Yeng Guiao was slapped with two technical fouls with 10:31 still remaining in the second frame. I actually don’t understand what happened, why he got so mad, how many profane words he used, and why it merited two T’s. Haha.
  • Gary David got bloodied before the third quarter ended due to what seemed like an accidental hit by Jon Uyloan. No foul was called, which made him fuming mad on the next sequence when he finally earned a trip to the line. Meralco decided to let Jared Dillinger take the freebies in his place and make David sit out the rest of the way.
  • The Almazan-Ferriols scuffle – No matter how many times they showed the replay (I think there were only two angles but Magoo was insisting that it was a different angle every time haha), the elbow-to-the-ear still wasn’t clearly seen on screen. A flagrant one was called on John Ferriols while Almazan got a T.

4. I just have to mention that funny moment when Beau Belga threw a pass to Chris Tiu. This is not the first time that ROS had this booboo of passing to a teammate who’s on the bench. Dude, the guy has a towel wrapped around his neck and he hasn’t been on the court all-season, why are you giving him the ball? Haha! Of course it was only laughable because ROS was up by a mile.

5. Unbelievable shot of the game: the shot clock-beating bank triple that Paul Lee made at the 00:46 mark of the 2nd Q. Even Lee couldn’t believe it went in.

Final Thoughts

This is the kind of energy that Coach Yeng Guiao is looking for when he warned the boys a couple of weeks ago that if they don’t perform well, they’ll  be kicked out of the team. If they continue to play like this and with their Lethal Weapon coming back strong, Rain or Shine could be very… lethal. Hopefully the nine-day break before their next game against NLEX will not break their momentum.

Featured image courtesy of Jerome Ascana, Spin PH