Usually taking as a role player for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Jewel Ponferada muscled his way inside the post as his team beats the streaking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 104-97.
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Ponferada scored his conference-high with 18 points along with his five rebounds while their import Terrence Watson had an improved game registering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
The Elasto Painters led as much as 19 points in the second half but the Gin Kings threatened them showing their Never-Say-Die spirit.
The Gin Kings orchestrated an 10-0 blast in the fourth quarter to reduce the Rain or Shine lead to only seven, 90-97 with only 4:11 remaining in the game.
However, RoS didn’t panic and protected their remaining led until the last buzzer was heard.
It was the first victory of Rain or Shine this conference and continue to play without Raymond Almazan who according to coach Caloy Garcia has a status of “missing in action”.
Earlier it was reported that Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado are both ready to play after declared healthy. The two players came to the venue wearing their Ginebra jersey but their head coach preferred not to use them yet.
Instead it was Arthur dela Cruz Jr. who show up and played his first game as part of the Gin Kings. De la Cruz scored 2 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal in just six minutes of basketball action.
Rain or Shine vs Ginebra Box Score
Quarters: 28-28 | 51-44 | 87-73 | 104-87
Elasto Painters (104) – Watson 29, Ponferada 18, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 11, Belga 8, Daquioag 7, Tiu 6, Yap 6, Washington 4, Borboran 3
Gin Kings (97) – Brownlee 23, Tenorio 15, Mariano 14, Ferrer 13, Thompson 10, Aguilar 7, Caperal 6, Chan 5, Dela Cruz 2, Caguioa 2