Rain or Shine rips Star, extends streak to 4
MANILA, Philippines – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters clamped down defensively to wallop the Star Hotshots, 103-88, and win their 4th game in a row in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup on Saturday, June 13 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Wendell McKines had a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds while gunner Jeff Chan finally found his stride with a conference-high 16 points on 6-of-11 field goals and 4 assists off the bench.
Paul Lee and Jervy Cruz contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively, as Rain or Shine improved to 5-4.
"This is a big win for us. I think this opens the door to make the twice-to-beat advantage," said head coach Yeng Guiao.
The top 4 teams at the end of the eliminations will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
Rain or Shine played hard defense on Star import Marqus Blakely, who settled for a conference-low 13 points and 10 rebounds, and also had 5 turnovers. They also shut down the Hotshots' gunners as the Grand Slam champions last season made just 3 of their 17 attempts from downtown.
"We played great defense today, to beat a really potent team like the Star," Guiao said. "To be able to defend them this way, it's really credit to the effort of the guys."
The Painters were unable to stop Marc Pingris, however, as he posted a team-high 25 points on 11-of-15 from the field. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Joe Devance contributed 15 points and 6 rebounds while Mark Barroca finished with 12 markers and 5 assists off the bench.
The Star fizzled out as the game wore on after starting strong on 25-22 lead in the first period. But the Painters gained momentum and dropped 27 points on each of the last 3 quarters, eventually pulling away in the final period to finish off the now 3-5 Hotshots.
"We're gaining momentum, we're gaining some confidence. Our chemistry is coming back to us," Guiao said. – Rappler.com