ROS picks up crucial bounce back win over reeling Phoenix
Raymond Alamzan had a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double as the Elasto Painters got right back on track in the Governors' Cup.
ANTIPOLO --- The race for the top-4 spots in the 2017 Governors' Cup just got a whole lot interesting.
Rain or Shine picked up a big 116-111 bounce back win over Phoenix Wednesday at the Ynares Center here, keeping the standings top heavy with contenders.
The Elasto Painters rised to 5-3, making them one of six teams that currently have at least five victories in the season-ending joust.
With import J'Nathan Bullock getting off to a strong start, ROS dominated most of the first half against Phoenix, putting up an 18-point lead, 54-36.
However, Matthew Wright would catch fire in the second half as the Gilas gunner dropped 17 points in the third period alone, allowing the Fuel Masters to take over, 70-67, following a blistering 17-0 run.
Fortunately, the Elasto Painters would recover in the fourth and a thunderous putback jam by Gabe Norwood inside the final minute practically sealed the win for ROS.
"Matthew Wright today, I thought he played like an import. That's how good he really is. And I told the players that they can't relax against Phoenix because they are loaded with scorers," head coach Caloy Garcia said.
"Basically, at least the fourth quarter we woke up," he added.
Bullock powered the Rain or Shine offense with 33 points, 17 in the opening period, on top of eight rebounds and four assists.
Raymond Almazan was inredible as well, adding 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Elasto Painters while Norwood was good for 17 points off the bench.
Wright exploded for 36 points and seven rebounds in another losing effort for Phoenix who now drop to 2-8 on an eight-game losing skid.
Import Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 boards for the Fuel Masters.
RAIN OR SHINE 116 - Bullock 33, Almazan 25, Norwood 17, Cruz 14, Yap 9, Borboran 7, Tiu 6, Ahanmisi 5, Trollano 0, Belga 0, Matias 0.
PHOENIX 111 - Wright 36, Brown 33, Jazul 9, Wilson W. 8, Kramer 8, Intal 7, Chan 6, Lanete 2, Eriobu 2, Alolino 0, Miranda 0, Dehesa 0.
Quarters: 24-18, 61-45, 85-84, 116-111.
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