ROS gets one over coach Yeng after beating NLEX

Paul Lintag on Dec 23, 2016 09:56 PM
ROS gets one over coach Yeng after beating NLEX
Jericho Cruz fired 19 points for ROS as the Elasto Painters win their first game against former head coach Yeng Guiao.

Rain or Shine didn't have an uneventful reunion week.

The Elasto Painters got one over their former head coach as ROS beat the NLEX Road Warriors, 107-97, Friday at the PhilSports Arena in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

Five days after losing to former player Paul Lee and his Star Hotshots, the Elasto Painters went head-to-head with former mentor Yeng Guiao for the first time and won, gaining a share of second place in the standings at 4-2.

Down five after three quarters, Rain or Shine outscored NLEX, 27-12, in the fourth period to complete the turnaround from 12 points down, burying the Road Warriors to their fifth straight defeat all which were by double figures.

"Coming into the game we already expected it to be hard. Syempre bagong team ni coach Yeng and they want to get the win for him," ROS head coach Caloy Garcia said.

"It was an ugly win for us, we still have to learn how to move the ball kasi ang dami naming lapses especially in the first half. Even on defense, our rotation was very poor. We just have to work on that during the vacation," he added.

Jewel Ponferada feasted inside for 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Rain or Shine while Jericho Cruz came off the bench and dropped 19 on 56 percent shooting.

Jeff Chan also had a good game for the Elasto Painters with 16 while James Yap and Gabe Norwood likewise ended up in double digits with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Sean Anthony (22 points) and Jansen Rios (20 points) carried the fight for NLEX but couldn't save the Road Warriors from dropping to a woeful 1-5 mark.

Kevin Alas was the top reserve for Guiao's new crew with 17 points.


The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 107 - Ponferada 22, Cruz 19, Chan 16, Yap 13, Norwood 11, Ahanmisi 7, Washington 7, Trollano 6, Belga 4, Matias 2, Tolomia 0, Ibanes 0, Maiquez 0.

NLEX 97 - Anthony 22, Rios 20, Alas 17, Villanueva 9, Baracael 7, Khobuntin 6, Taulava 5, Monfort 5, Camson 4, Lastimosa 2, Guinto 0.

Quarterscores: 21-28, 48-58, 80-85, 107-97.



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