MANILA, Philippines - Rain or Shine begins a new journey sans longtime coach Yeng Guiao with a dominant win over TNT Ka Tropa, 101-87, on Wednesday, November 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Following the departure of Guiao and key players Paul Lee and JR Quinahan, the Elasto Painters managed to maintain the lead with help from Jericho Cruz who put up 18 points and grabbed two rebounds.
Mike Tolomia also impressed in his professional debut with RoS, pitching in 11 points and 4 rebounds.
The Elasto Painters’ bench outscored TNT, 45-35, in Caloy Garcia’s first outing as head coach. Six players also scored in double digits as Rain Or Shine dominated throughout the match.
Ranidel de Ocampo dished out a double-double, coming out with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Texters, who are also undergoing a coaching transition with Nash Racela filling in Jong Uichico’s spot. Racela is slated to make his TNT debut once his Final Four campaign for FEU comes to a close.
Meanwhile, Tolomia's teammate and former Tamaraw Roger Pogoy started his PBA career with 9 points and 3 rebounds for TNT. – Rappler.com