PBA: Balanced ROS gives a rude welome to Alaska
Paul Lintag on Feb 03, 2019 06:38 PM
The Elasto Painters are streaking again as a second straight victory pushed them to 4-1 for second place behind unbeaten Phoenix. (PBA Images)
Balance goes a long way in the PBA.
Rain or Shine proved that Sunday, running away from the debuting Alaska Aces, 85-72, in the 2019 Philippine Cup at the MOA Arena.
Only three players finished in double figures for ROS but all 13 players fielded in by head coach Caloy Garcia put up points on the board.
More importantly, the Elasto Painters are streaking again as a second straight victory pushed them to 4-1 for second place behind unbeaten Phoenix.
The undermanned Aces dropped their first game of the season.
“It's a good win for us. We're lucky that Alaska also didn't come up with a full line-up, and at the same time, first game jitters lang siguro sa kanila yan, na they're trying to run their system. The nice thing about is in the first half, we played great defense, we only held them to 30 points,” head coach Caloy Garcia said.
“But yun nga, medyo nagalit ako ng second half, that we allowed them make a run. But the nice thing about it is, everybody is stepping up in our team, so we just have to be consistent in the future games,” he added.
Rey Nambatac led ROS with 12 points and Beau Belga added 11. Raymond Almazan was good for 10 points and three blocks for the Elasto Painters.
Rain or Shine led by as many as 22 points, 55-33, and while Alaska tried to make several runs in the second half, the Aces were never really in the game.
With a close one to start, the Elasto Painters used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to open up a 38-22 lead and never looked back.
Jeron Teng led Alaska with 15 points.
Rain or Shine 85 - Nambatac 12, Belga 11, Almazan 10, Yap 9, Ahanmisi 8, Torres 7, Mocon 5, Norwood 5, Daquioag 4, Maiquez 4, Ponferada 4, Rosales 3, Borboran 3, Onwubere 0.
Alaska 72 - Teng 15, Pascual 12, Banchero 11, Galliguez 9, Exciminiano 6, Thoss 6, Ayaay 6, Baclao 4, Cruz 2, Potts 1, Babilonia 0.
Quarters: 25-14, 48-30, 64-51, 85-72.
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