Entering into this game, Rain or Shine knew that they had to stop Barako’s three point shooting.

For the 3rd straight game, Barako was still able to shoot impressively (32.3%) from beyond the arc, but thankfully for the Elasto Painters, their balanced scoring attack was enough to thwart a very gritty Barako Bull squad and giving them their 1st loss of the conference and putting Rain or Shine atop the team standings.

The team’s 91-83 win was all about Rain or Shine’s brand of basketball. Coach Yeng emptied the bench early, continuously getting fresh legs into the game which allowed the Elasto Painters to pressure hard defensively and attack in transition whenever the had the chance. The different combinations on the floor ensured that the Barako Bull defense had to constantly adjust to different play styles and threats throughout the game.

In the end, five Rain or Shine players scored in double digits with all players logging in at least 13 minutes of playing time.

That is just beautiful.

That is just beautiful.

Let’s review our keys to the game:

Three Bombs

Barako Bull shot below their conference average of 39.1% from beyond the arc in this game, making only 10/31 shots or 32.3%. That is still a very respectable clip and Rain or Shine had to work very hard to effectively challenge each of Barako’s 31 three point attempts.

Ronjay Buenafe continues to sizzle from beyond the arc. (Photo Credit: pinoyexchange.com)

Other notable things from the game:

– Really impressed at how Jeff Chan did not settle for the three in this game. He finished 0/3 from three ,but made 5/6 of his 2pt field goals, with most of those coming on drives to the basket. His development into a complete offensive package  has definitely been a boon to the Rain or Shine attack.

  • Jeff Chan’s drives gives Rain or Shine’s offense a new dynamic. (Photo Credit: AKTV)

– How about JR Quinahan with a “break-out” 13 point and 9 rebound game. The other half of Extra Rice Inc. doesn’t typically score the            basketball, but his shot was falling tonight, so Coach Yeng stuck with him for long stretches in the game tonight.
– Raymund Almazan finished with 8 points, 11 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes. The stat sheet only registers one block, but Almazan is slowly making an impact on the defensive end of the court. Combined, Dorian Pena, Mick Pennisi and Mark Isip shot 5/17 or 29% in this game, with a bulk of their attempts being affected by the long arms and presence of the rookie.

This was definitely a good bounce back win for the Elasto Painters as they are able to erase the bad taste of their loss against Ginebra while also gaining momentum atop the conference ladder prior to a big showdown against the San Mig Coffee Mixers on Friday, December 6.