Rain or Shine Elasto Painters outplays the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok in their semi-finals series opener at the Big Dome yesterday, 84-77.
Both teams are proud of their defense and very outspoken that trait gave them more victories but at least in Game 1 the Elasto Painters were much active in the defensive end.
They have forced the Hotshots to commit 24 turnovers compared to only 12 for them. Those mistakes were translated to 26 Elasto Painters points.
In the opening quarter, Rain or Shine immediately made their run and shocked Magnolia with their 10-0 blast. However, Magnolia right away answered back with their own 10-0 run orchestrated mainly by Paul Lee who was inserted to the lineup by coach Chito Victolero after he saw the score.
Then Magnolia and Rain or Shine kept their distance as they answered basket for a basket or turnover for a turnover.
Yet, in the final quarter, RoS head coach Caloy Garcia came well prepared. Garcia used his key reserve players to finish off the Hotshots.
Ray Nambatac and Javee Mocon sparked the team and eventually to victory.
“I just have to step up; we actually all have to step up as it’s the semifinals,” said Mocon.
“We stuck to playing tough defense. Yun naman ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito ngayon. Yun ang dahilan kung paano kami nakarating dito.”
Hotshots forward Ian Sangalang admits that they have underestimated the second squad of RoS.
“Feeling ko nabigla kami dun sa ginawa nila, di kami ready,” Sangalang said. “Medyo hindi namin narespeto yung iba,” he added.
Rain or Shine vs Magnolia Box Score
Quarters: 19-16 | 33-37 | 61-58 | 84-77
Elasto Painters (84) – Mocon 15, Norwood 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 10, Rosales 9, Yap 8, Nambatac 7, Borboran 6, Ponefrada 2, Torres 2
Hotshots (77) – Lee 15, Sangalang 13, Barroca 12, Jalalon 11, Reavis 9, Melton 7, Ramos 4, Brondial 4, Dela Rosa 2