PBA Fastbreak: RoS hits on all cylinders to eliminate Petron
The Best: Beau Belga was in fine form here, pumping in 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 triples as the Painters finished off the Boosters in five games on Friday night. This was Belga’s highest scoring output of the season since dropping 20 markers on Meralco in late November 2013. Belga was at his very best against fellow Gilas national pool member June Mar Fajardo, who reeled in a 16-16 double-double. Belga showed his versatility in hitting from long range and driving to the hole. His most memorable moment here was in the payoff period, driving past a Petron double-team before hanging in the air, absorbing contact from Chris Lutz, and making the basket. And, of course, in classic Beau Belga fashion, he celebrated with finger guns afterwards.
The Worst: Petron Blaze put up a good fight in Game 5, but in the end the team that wanted the win more prevailed. Throughout most of the current conference, it seemed like coach Gee Abanilla’s Boosters were the most impressive unit, even winning their first seven games before June Mar Fajardo’s injury contributed to their slide afterwards. During this series, however, the Boosters looked predictable and disturbingly absent of any sense of urgency. Petron is arguably the deepest team in the league, but this result further fuels the sentiment a lot of PBA observers already have — that what Petron possesses in talent, they lack in heart.
Wingman Trio: Jeff Chan, Paul Lee, and Ryan Araña all rattled in great games here, outgunning their more ballyhooed counterparts on the Petron side. That trio combined for 6 triples and 43 points as the Painters booked their second straight Philippine Cup Finals appearance (they lost to Talk N Text in 2013). Chan also added a season-high 9 rebounds, while Lee and Araña each chipped in 3 assists to bolster the cause of Rain or Shine, which missed the services of coach Yeng Guiao. Guiao was suspended after Game 4 and was fined PhP 100,000. - Rappler.com