Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (ROS) and the Alaska Aces, scheduled on July 28, 2021, at 3:00 PM.
When rampaging Rain or Shine collides with sliding Alaska today in the 46th PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, it will try to reclaim the league-leading position.
The unbeaten Elasto Painters (3-0) will take on the Aces, hoping to break loose from the Magnolia Hotshots (3-0) and recapture the single round-robin elimination round lead.
So far, the tenacious Rain or Shine, led by new tactician Chris Gavina, has put on a defensive display, holding their first three opponents, including the previously unbeaten Bolts, to under 40% shooting.
The E-Painters drained the Bolts for only 38% of the time en route to an 85-72 victory over the weekend. They want the Aces to fall into their traps as well today.
“The great Bobby Knight said that the most prepared teams are the hardest-working teams. So that coincides with who we are and what our identity is. We want to be the hardest working team in the PBA,” said Gavina, who took over from Caloy Garcia in the offseason.
Meanwhile, after a rollicking start to the season with a rout of Blackwater, the Aces have gone cold, losing back-to-back games to Magnolia (84-82) and Phoenix (101-93).
Alaska fell to a tie for seventh to tenth place in the standings, with defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Phoenix, and NorthPort all having 1-2 cards.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.