PBA: ROS up to 3-1 for the year after pounding SMB

Paul Lintag on Feb 01, 2019 09:46 PM
PBA: ROS up to 3-1 for the year after pounding SMB
Bouncing back from its first loss Wednesday, ROS kept in step with leader Phoenix near the top of the standings, improving to a 3-1 mark.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Rain or Shine adds to San Miguel’s woes.

The Elasto Painters smacked the reigning four-time champions Friday at the Ynares Center here, picking up a huge 108-98 victory in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

Bouncing back from its first loss Wednesday, ROS kept in step with leader Phoenix near the top of the standings, improving to a 3-1 mark.

Meanwhile, the Beermen dropped to 2-3 for the year following back-to-back defeats and San Miguel is below .500 in the All-Filipino for the first time in what feels like forever.

“It feels really good to beat the top team but yun nga, sabi ko before the game, remember the loss against Blackwater,” head coach Caloy Garcia said.

“We played two good games then we lost againt Blackwater, parang we were sent back down to Earth. Basically, I told them if we want to go far in this tournament, we have to play good consistenly,” he added.

ROS certainly played consistent against San Miguel, engaging the champs in a competitive opening period before pulling away in the second.

The Elasto Painters survived a 38-point third quarter from the Beermen and were steady in the final period to hold off the champs.

James Yap continued his revival, posting 21 points to lead the Rain or Shine offense.

Rookie Javee Mocon had a monster game of 18 points and 17 rebounds while lead guard Maverich Ahanmisi was good for 17.

San Miguel got 27 points from Marcio Lassiter and anotehr 24 from June Mar Fajardo but the Beermen lost back-to-back games in the Philippine Cup elimination round for the first time in five seasons.


The Scores:

Rain or Shine 108 - Yap 21, Mocon 18, Ahanmisi 17, Torres 15, Ponferada 12, Belga 8, Norwood 6, Rosales 6, Almazan 5, Daquioag 0, Nambatac 0.

San Miguel 98 - Lassiter 27, Fajardo 24, Pessumal 12, Romeo 11, Nabong 10, Tubid 2, Ross 0, Zamar 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarters: 23-27, 54-42, 86-80, 108-98.


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