PBA Fastbreak: Rain or Shine buries Petron in 3-1 hole

Enzo Flojo
Basketball writer Enzo Flojo breaks down Rain or Shine's big win over Petron Blaze on Monday to take a 3-1 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.

COMMANDING LEAD. Jireh Ibanez of Rain or Shine drives past Arwind Santos en route to a 3-1 lead in their Philippine Cup series. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine over Petron Blaze, 88-83

The Best: It was a total team effort from the Elasto-Painters, who had nobody scoring more than 12 points but had ten guys scoring 6 or more. Rain or Shine shot 44% from the field, including 36% from beyond the arc, while limiting Petron to just 37% FG shooting. Sure, June Mar Fajardo had a huge game for the Boosters, but RoS slowed him down significantly in the payoff period. The Painters also finished with more assists and forced 18 Petron turnovers, which resulted in a +10 advantage in points-off-TOs. The Painters also played tighter defense down the stretch, forcing some tough shots, which the Boosters ended up missing. 

The Worst: Petron Blaze struggled with the long toms in this one. Outside of Chris Lutz, who connected on 3 of 5 three-pointers, the Boosters managed just 3/20 shooting from beyond the arc. Arwind Santos missed 4, Marcio Lassiter missed all 6 of his tries, Ronald Tubid missed 3, and Alex Cabagnot also missed 3. Their anemic 66% FT shooting also didn’t help, with Fajardo going 5/10 from the line. Right off the bat, shooting is definitely one of the things coach Gee Abanilla will look to improve in Game 5.

No Lee, No Yeng, No Problem: Paul Lee went out in the first half because he sprained his ankle. Coach Yeng Guiao, for the second game in a row, got ejected from the playing court. Without their most creative playmaker and their fiery coach, coupled with the spotty officiating, RoS could have simply hung their heads and waited for the final buzzer, but, instead, they buckled down and played even harder. Now it’s Petron’s collective backs who are against the wall. How will the Boosters respond? – Rappler.com