Rain or Shine outlasts Phoenix, secure 2nd spot


Rain or Shine Elasto Painters stayed in full-form even after missing two key players in their game clash with Phoenix. The Elasto Painters maintained their 2nd spot in the league’s standing after making their way past the Phoenix Fuel Master, 97-82 in the 2016-17 PBA Philippines Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ariel Vanguardia, the head coach of Fuel master however admitted that going hand in hand with strong Rain or Shine rooster cost itself the game, losing the duel on Sunday, 97-82.

“We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said.

The Coach explained that such losses must serve as a wakeup call for his backcourt as it should hold itself on the equal level of the rival, particular against a guard rotation as highly-talented as that of Elasto Painters.

“We will face teams like this that are really deeper than us. That’s why we need to be firing in all cylinders too,” he added.

The Elasto Painters took charge in the early surge and had brilliantly answered all attempts that Fuel Master made to comeback. The RoS had a 15 point-lead while grabbing their extra special 2nd straight win.

Depressed with loss, Vanguardia said that Matt Wright and Simon Enciso did not perform as per expectation, also Gelo Alolino was not fully charged and the game was not the usual one for Cyrus Baguio. Such losses aren’t affordable. All maven players need to buck up to match teams such as Rain or Shine.

Jericho Cruz scored a team-high 21 points with 3 straight triples in the 4th quarter that bridge unreachable gap for Fuel Master.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 97 – Cruz 21, Chan 12, Yap 10, Tolomia 9, Trollano 9, Washington 9, Matias 8, Ahanmisi 8, Tiu 6, Ponferada 3, Belga 2, Maiquez 0.

PHOENIX 82 – Wright 26, Intal 10, J. Wilson 10, Alolino 8, Baguio 8, Borboran 7, Torres 5, Enciso 3, Hayes 3, Caperal 2, W.Wilson 0, Lanete 0.

Quarter scores: 30-20, 53-45, 78-61, 97-82