4:30 p.m. – NLEX vs Meralco
6:45 p.m. – Magnolia vs Alaska
MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — It turned out all Rain or Shine needed was a different scenery to nail down a first win.
Even minus one key player and ranged against the much-touted Barangay Ginebra Kings, the Elasto Painters finally checked their slump, pulling the rug from under the reigning back-to-back champs, 104-97, in their PBA Governors Cup Petron Blaze road showdown at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena last night.
Behind a torrid shooting and a dogged effort on the defensive end, the E-Painters pulled away in the third period and displayed poise and grace in the face of a searing Ginebra chase in the fourth quarter to chalk up a first win after losing all their first four games in the season-ending tourney.
It’s a sweet win for the E-Painters especially coming at the expense of the tournament pacesetters whom they dealt a second loss against seven wins.
Magnolia (6-1) and Alaska Milk (5-1) try to boost their own bids for a Top Four finish and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals as they clash in the 6:45 p.m. mainer over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today.
NLEX (4-4) looks to arrest its two-game skid while Meralco (1-6) fights for dear life at 4:30 p.m.
Rain or Shine 104 – Watson 29, Ponferada 18, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 11, Belga 8, Daquioag 7, Tiu 6, Yap 6, Washington 4, Borboran 3, Onwubere 0.
Ginebra 97 – Brownlee 23, Tenorio 15, Mariano 14, Ferrer 13, Thompson 10, Aguilar 7, Caperal 6, Chan 5, Dela Cruz 2, Caguioa 2.
Quarterscores: 28-28, 51-44, 87-73, 104-97