Elasto Painters finally take down Star

Paul Lintag on Aug 27, 2017 06:52 PM
Elasto Painters finally take down Star
Rain or Shine improved to 4-2 after a third straight victory while Star went down to 4-1.

For the first time since the blockbuster Paul Lee for James Yap trade, Rain or Shine finally got one over Star.

The Elasto Painters continued their recent surge in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, snapping the Hotshots' winning streak, 92-88, Sunday at the Big Dome. 

Rain or Shine improved to 4-2 after a third straight victory while Star went down to 4-1.

"Finally we were able to beat Star this season. Akala ko hindi na kami mananalo dyan sa Star," head coach Caloy Garcia said.

"It's all defense, it started in the first half. The energy was there, the effort was there," he added.

After a low-scoring opening period, the Elasto Painters clicked on offense in the middle quarters, opening a 20-point lead early in the third, 52-32.

However, that advantage proved to be short lived as the Hotshots would rally to make it a game near the halfway point of the fourth. A 7-0 run for Star cut the deficit to three, 72-75, before Rain or Shine recovered to push its lead back up to 11, 88-77, with 1:29 to go.

Despite a final effort on the part of the Hotshots, the Elasto Painters would hold their ground and continued their march on top of the standings.

Import J'Nathan Bullock and Jericho Cruz led the way for ROS, going for 18 points each while Gabe Norwood returned from Gilas Pilipinas to put up 15 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.

Raymond Almazan was also back from the national team and despite playing less than 20 minutes, he managed 13 points and 14 boards.

Import Malcolm Hill was the high man for the Hotshots, scoring 26 points on top of 20 rebounds. Paul Lee added 17 points against his former team.

 

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 92 - Bullock 18, Cruz 18, Norwood 15, Almazan 13, Ahanmisi 10, Matias 5, Borboran 5, Daquioag 5, Tiu 3, Ponferada 0, Yap 0, Maiquez 0, Trollano 0.

STAR 88 - Hill 26, Lee 17, Sangalang 11, Maliksi 10, Jalalon 8, Barroca 4, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Pingris 0, Dela Rosa 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 41-30, 68-56, 92-88.

 

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