Rain or Shine dominates Barako Bull from start to finish in easy win
MANILA, Philippines – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bounced back from their lackadaisical loss to the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters by easily defeating the Barako Bull Energy, 99-71, on Friday, November 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Jeff Chan had 23 points (including 4 three-pointers) and 7 rebounds to lead ROS, who improved to 3-2 thanks to their wire-to-wire win over Barako Bull, who remains winless at 0-4.
"I think today we had a different look coming off that Talk 'N Text loss," interim ROS head coach Caloy Garcia said after the game.
Coach Yeng Guiao missed the game due to a congress conference. However, it was his intensity during the Elasto Painters' practice this past Tuesday, November 4, that inspired their impressive performance against the Energy, Garcia said.
"I think that opened up the eyes of the players," Garcia said about Coach Guiao's speech during practice.
Similar to their obliteration of Kia, Rain or Shine came out of the gates an offense on fire, making their first two 3-pointers to establish a 6-0 lead after TY Tang's long-range shot trickled in.
On defense, the Elasto Painters were as headstrong as ever, limiting Barako Bull to one shot per possession and not allowing them to get easy trips to the line with solid interior defense. Throughout the first half, the Energy made only 23% of their attempts from the field.
After a JR Quinahan triple, ROS' lead ballooned to 25-5. Not long after, a series of baskets from Paul Lee, Jeric Teng, and Jonathan Uyloan pushed their lead to 22, 36-14.
Towards the end of the first half, an open Chan hit back to back 3-pointers, giving his team a 55-28 edge entering the halftime break. The second half followed a similar script, as Barako Bull failed to get any rhythm on offense and couldn't stop Rain or Shine from scoring.
Tang finished with 12 points, while Jervy Cruz and Quinahan combined for 21. ROS shot 46% as a team and went 12-of-28 from 3-point range. Their defense limited Barako Bull to just 35% shooting.
The Energy were led by William Wilson and Mick Pennisi, who put up 12 and 11 markers, repsectively. JC Intal also had 12 points.
Rain or Shine: Will take on GlobalPort on Wednesday, November 12, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Barako Bull: Will take on Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday, November 12, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Rain or Shine (99): Chan 23, Tang 12, Cruz Jervy 11, Teng 10, Quinahan 10, Uyloan 9, Cruz Jericho 8, Lee 7, Norwood 4, Almazan 3, Belga 2, Ibanes 0
Barako Bull (71): Intal 12, Wilson 12, Pennisi 11, Miranda 10, Garcia 8, Lastimosa 6, Fortuna 5, Salvador 2, Salva 2, Pascual 2, Marcelo 1, Pena 0
Quarter Scores: 25-7, 55-28, 72-48, 99-71
Here are some photos of the game, showing the Painters' new threads taken by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images