It’s not too late for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Picking up from where they left off in the previous game, the Elasto Painters put up another excellent shooting night to pull off a big 101-95 upset win over the B-MEG Llamados on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Jeff Chan typified the Elasto Painters’ steady three-point shooting, hitting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc on his way to finishing with 19 points. Overall, the team shot 10-of-23 from the three-point region (43.5%).
“I think this is our best shooting night,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re still in the fight. We’re just trying hard to prolong our conference and tonight we played probably our best game. We played a good game in our 30-point win versus Air 21, but playing against B-MEG, there’s a lot pressure on us. We’re playing well with our backs against the wall.”
The win was the second straight for the Elasto Painters, who improved its record to 3-5 and climbed into a three-way tie for the eighth to 10th spots with the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Meralco Bolts.
B-MEG suffered its third loss in eight games, but keeps a hold of solo second behind the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters’ 5-2 mark.
Chan drilled in three triples in the fourth period, including his last one that gave Rain or Shine an 84-73 lead with more than eight minutes to go in the period.
Aside from their shooting, it was also their rebounding that proved to be one of the factors for the Elasto Painters’ victory.
“For a small team with a small import, we were able to outrebound B-MEG. As early as the first half, lamang na agad kami ng 11 rebounds,” said Guiao. “Rebounding plus our defense on James Yap, made things possible for this victory. PJ Simon did get his points, but for B-Meg to win, they need their double barrel attack on offense.”
Yap struggled for seven points behind 2-for-13 shooting from the field.
Rain or Shine tries to cap its remarkable run for a possible playoff berth for the quarterfinals when they shoot for a win against the No. 1 seed Tropang Texters on Saturday.
“On Saturday, we want to give ourselves a chance for a playoff or give ourselves a decent ending,” said Guiao. “Whatever happens, we will keep on fighting. This win over B-MEG gives us confidence and a psychological boost versus Talk ‘N Text.”
Rain or Shine (101) – Crews 24, Chan 19, Arana 14, Norwood 11, Matias 8, Buenafe 8, Lee 6, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Belga 0, Ibanes 0.
B-Meg (95) – Bowles 38, Simon 19, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Yap 7, Barroca 6, Devance 5, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Burtscher 0.
Quarterscores: 18-19; 43-39; 70-64; 101-95.