Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Rain or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters and the Terrafirma Dyip, scheduled on August 4, 2021, at 2:00 PM.
Rain or Shine will try to return to the win-column against Terrafirma in the first game of the PBA’s revised schedule at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Elasto Painters started the Philippine Cup with a blistering 3-0 start before falling to Alaska Aces (74-48) and finally to TNT Tropang Giga (79-69) just this Friday.
TNT demonstrated it hasn’t missed a beat after defeating Rain or Shine for its second consecutive win after being sidelined for two weeks due to the PBA’s health and safety protocols.
The Elasto Painters lost their second straight game. Javee Mocon had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Mark Borboran contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Terrafirma, on the other hand, is hungry to get its first win following a strong effort against unbeaten leader Magnolia on Friday.
The Dyip cut a 21-point halftime lead to just eight points late in the third quarter, only to see the Hotshots burst in the fourth quarter behind freshman Jerrick Ahanmisi on route to a 105-83 victory.
The last time this two teams met, Rain or Shine dominated Terrafirma, 91-82, as Mocon chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, Rey Nambatac scored 19 points, Beau Belga added 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Gabe Norwood contributed 14 points and 3 blocks.
After averaging 17.0 points per game in ROS’ first three games, Nambatac has sunk to a lowly nine points on 4-of-26 field shooting in the games against Alaska and TNT.
Joshua Munzon is in a pickle of his own. Terrafirma’s top choice overall in the rookie draft, after a breakout game against NLEX in which he scored 24 points, hurt his left hand in the third quarter in an 83-105 loss to Magnolia last Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s game.
If their major guys are still being stymied, it will be up to the teams’ secondary players to stand up, and each squad has at least one player who appears to be more than willing to do so.
The match was originally scheduled for July 23, but it had to be canceled due to Terrafirma’s need to be isolated due to league health and safety protocols.
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.