New-look ROS gets back on track, keeps Kia winless
After trading away Jeff Chan, Mike Tolomia, and replacing import JD Weatherspoon with J'Nathan Bullock, Rain or Shine snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to an even 2-2 in the season-ending joust.
Rain or Shine's trade bonanza last week has paid off immediately.
The new look Elasto Painters got back on the winning track Sunday at the MOA Arena, beating Kia, 94-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
After trading away Jeff Chan, Mike Tolomia, and replacing import JD Weatherspoon, Rain or Shine snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to an even 2-2 in the season-ending joust.
"Well, we played sloppy in second, turned the ball over a lot," head coach Caloy Garcia said.
"And it's just our import took too much outside shots. He only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game, that's the only time we started getting to the line," he added.
Despite leading Rain or Shine with 20 points and 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, Bullock struggled from the field, shooting only 30 percent overall and 2-of-10 from deep.
Still, it was enough to hold off the Picanto who rallied from a 17-point deficit.
Chris Tiu came off the bench to scored 13 for the Elasto Painters while Beau Belga had 12 before he was ejected in the third period.
Kia got 30 points from import Markeith Cummings and another 15 from rookie Reden Celda but it proved to be a lost cause as the Picanto absorbed a sixth straight loss, dropping to 0-6 for the conference.
RAIN OR SHINE 94 - Bullock 20, Tiu 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 8, Ponferrada 7, Trollano 6, Maiquez 6, Yap 5, Borboran 5, King 5, Cruz 4, Ahanmisi 3.
KIA 86 - Cummings 30, Celda 15, Revilla 11, Corpuz 10, Deutchman 10, Nimes 3, Khobuntin 3, Yee 2, Ballesteros 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Caperal 0, Jaime 0.
Quarters: 21-17, 44-36, 71-59, 94-86.
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