PBA Fastbreak: Rain or Shine takes game 1 over Petron

Enzo Flojo
PBA writer Enzo Flojo breaks down Rain or Shine's game one semifinal win over Petron Blaze on Monday night.

SHINING. Beau Belga of Rain or Shine makes his way around June Mar Fajardo en route to victory. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine over Petron Blaze, 103-95

The Best: This time around, speed beat size, with the Painters going full throttle to run rings around the Boosters. Paul Lee, Ryan Araña, Alex Nuyles, and Gabe Norwood all took turns filling the lanes to leave a bigger Petron squad playing catch-up, and it worked wonders as Rain or Shine turned a tight 28-all game in the first half into a clinic in run-and-gun hoops. Lee was awesome here, braving the Petron D for daredevil drives while also hitting all ten of his free throws. The former UE Red Warrior led RoS with 18 points and 2 steals.

The Worst: Petron Blaze was outclassed in transition here as the Painters netted 35 fast break points to 29 for the Boosters. What compounded things even more was Petron’s penchant to turn the ball over. Coach Gee Abanilla’s wards coughed the rock up 25 times here (RoS had only 15 turnovers), which led to 24 points-off-turnovers for the aggressive and unforgiving Painters of coach Yeng Guiao. June Mar Fajardo was a beast with 23 points and 15 rebounds, but he also led everyone with EIGHT turnovers. Alex Cabagnot and Chris Lutz also didn’t do a swell job of taking care of the ball, combining for 9 errors.

Size doesn’t matter: Despite having a relatively small frontline (and without JR Quiñahan at that), RoS was able to compete in the paint. Jervy Cruz and Beau Belga took care of the scoring, combining for 26 points on 10/19 shooting from the two-point range. Rookie slotman Raymond Almazan also stepped up, grabbing 10 boards and blocking 3 shots as coach Yeng’s balanced attack came to fore. – Rappler.com