Fastbreak: RoS, Alaska, Petron trip foes
Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters (91) - (82) Meralco Bolts
Best: Bruno Sundov was solid with 20 points and 19 rebounds for ROS. The tallest import in league history finally notched a PBA win after the controversial loss to Alaska last weekend.
Worst: Meralco led midway through the fourth, but the Bolts hit only one field goal in the dying minutes of the game. #gintonanagingbatopa
Back on track: This win puts ROS one game into the win column despite having Jeff Chan out for a couple of weeks because of a fractured thumb in his shooting hand. If Sundov can remain solid and if Lee can continue hitting clutch shots, however, then Chan can rest easy.
Alaska Aces (77) - (73) Barako Bull Energy Cola
Best: What could be better than being the only undefeated team in the conference at this point? Also, Robert Dozier dropping 19 and 20? Looks like there's another beast in the Aces' lair.
Worst: After stellar performances in his first two games as a member of Barako, Jonas Villanueva crashes back to earth with a 3-of-10 shooting clip and 6 turnovers.
Is Alaska as good as its record suggests?: The jury is still out, of course, but coach Luigi Trillo has been pushing all the right buttons with his young, athletic, and composed core. The Aces battle winless Ginebra before colliding with the powerhouse Texters in their next two games.
Petron Blaze Boosters (105) - (90) Bgy. Ginebra San Miguel Kings
Best: Renaldo Balkman reminded everyone why he spent significant NBA time with New York and Denver. 34 points (on 58% FG shooting), 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and only 1 turnover in 39 minutes? He looks like Kenneth Faried, and, at least last night, he played like Kenneth Faried.
Worst: Ginebra actually shot the ball at a decent clip and grabbed more rebounds, but all those advantages were negated by the Kings' 24 turnovers. The chief culrpits? Mark Caguioa and Herbert Hill, both of whom combined for 11 errors.
Dominate or go home: Let's call a spade a spade and say Herbet Hill isn't the worst import ever. He's a guaranteed solid double-double player, but in this league that's not enough. Dominate or go home, Herbert. I guess this means good bye.