Kevin Alas Kevin Alas of NLEX challenges the defense of Kelly Willians and Troy Rosario of Talj N Text during their PBA game in Bacolor, Pampanga. PBA photo

E-Painters strike back

September 11, 2021 Robert Andaya 684 views

RAIN or Shine snapped a two-game losing skid with a hard-earned 75-72 win over Magnolia Pambansang Manok in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Javee Mocon scattered 19 points and eight rebounds, while two-time PBA MVP James Yap came off the bench to add 14 points as the Elasto Painters overcame the Hotshots in a tight and exciting battle and improved to 5-4 overall.

Santi Santillan also played well with 14 points and five rebounds for the Chris Gavina-mentored Elasto Painters, who dropped back-to-back games to Phoenix Super LPG and defending champion Barangay Ginebra at the start of the Bacolor action.

“It comes down to the little details, especially in big games like this against a Magnolia team na playing extremely well,” added Gavina.

Ian Sangalang finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Calvin Abueva added a fifth double-double of 12 and 13 for Magnolia,which dropped to 6-3.

Overshadowed by Rain or Shine’s victory were Talk N Text, which routed NLEX, 100-85, for a league-best 7-1 win-loss record: and San Miguel Beer, which outsteadied Ginebra, 111-102.

Mikey Williams erupted for 36 points on13-of-20 shooting and four other players also scored in double figures for the Tropang Giga, who led by as many as 24 points.

Terrence Romeo had another explosive game of 29 points as the Beemen improved to 5-2 in a tie with Meralco.

Meanwhile, NorthPort Batang Pier gun for their second straight win when they battle Terrafirma Dyip at 2 p.m.today.

Despite playing minus head coach Pido Jarencio and the rest of the coaching staff, the Batang Pier played inspired basketball under interim coach-manager Bonnie Tan and came away with a morale-boosting 98-73 victory over winless Blackwater Elite.

In the other game, Phoenix Super LPG battles Blackwater at 4:35 p.m.

The scores:

First game
Rain or Shine (75) — Mocon 19, Yap 14, Santillan 14, Nambatac 8, Caracut 7, Torres 4, Belga 2, Asistio 2, Norwood 2, Borboran 2, Ponferada 1.
Magnolia (72) — Sangalang 21, Abueva 12, Lee 11, Barroca 11, Dela Rosa 7, Brill 3, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Jalalon 2, Dionisio 0, Corpuz 0.
Quarterscores: 16-13, 31-28, 51-53, 75-72.

Second game
Talk N Text (100) — M. Williams 36, Montalbo 13, Pogoy 13, K. Williams 10, Erram 10, Rosario 7, Reyes 4, Heruela 4, Marcelo 3, Castro 0, Alejandro 0, Javier 0, Mendoza 0.
NLEX (85) — Alas 16, Miranda 14, Trollano 14, Oftana 11, Quinahan 9, Cruz 8, Semerad 5, Porter 5, Paniamogan 3, Soyud 0.
Quarterscores: 23-26, 47-49, 80-68, 100-85.

Third game
San Miguel (111) –Romeo 29, Lassiter 19, Santos 15, Perez 14, Ross 13, Fajardo 10, Tautuaa 8, Pessumal 3, Zamar 0, Gotladera 0, Comboy 0, Gamalinda 0, Sena 0.
Ginebra (102) – Tenorio 19, Standhardinger 18, Pringle 16, Aguilar 15, Thompson 13, Tolentino 8, Caperal 8, Mariano 3, Devance 2, Dillinger 0, Salado 0, Enriquez 0, R. Aguilar 0, Holmqvist 0, Ayaay 0.
Quarterscores:28-22, 56-48, 82-74, 111-102.

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