ICYMI: Kia finally Snapped its 16-Game Losing Streak

Ricky Dandan
(Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

One factor enabled the Picanto to clinch their first win in 8 months

Everybody hates losing and that’s something we cannot deny not just in sports but in life in general. However, it has been said that whenever you lose in anything whether it’s a basketball game or you’ve miserably failed your examinations in school, you will learn something from the mistakes which led to that specific setback and will help you improve the next time around. But, as they say, if you keep on committing the same set of mistakes, then something is wrong with you.
That has been the case for the Kia Picanto. For 8 months, they have endured nothing but defeat. They came closest to a win against the NLEX Road Warriors to open the Philippine Cup but faltered late in the 4th quarter. Then, Chris Gavina reigned as coach, paving way for Ricky Dandan to be promoted as top tactician. However, that move didn’t have any effect as Kia dropped its two games since Dandan took over. Then, came the game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, a game had the Picanto lost, would have made them own the second-longest losing streak in the history of the PBA.
Fortunately, losing’s over for the Kia Picanto, for now, as they scored 32 points in the pivotal 3rd quarter en route to a 98-94 win over the inconsistent Elasto Painters. Given how close the final score was, Ricky Dandan could only release a sigh of relief. After all, it was a game that was filled with tension and ejections plus the fact that two Kia players were ejected in the second quarter. Still, Kia has other players on its roster who produced notable good numbers to get over the hump, finally.
But if you will ask Ricky Dandan, there was one factor that pushed Kia to their first win of the season: they had no choice but to keep going, dig deep and look for positive things that kept them going. The coach also added that he was overall happy with the fact that his team was able to keep their composure and played for 48 minutes- the first time this season that they actually did that.


With their first win already in the bag, Ricky Dandan is hoping that the Kia Picanto can build up their confidence from beating a team like Rain or Shine and start gaining more W. However, with a game against the Meralco Bolts coming up this Wednesday, Kia needs all of its players aboard because Meralco has been to the Governors’ Cup Finals, twice. And despite its struggles, Meralco is still better-coached. But who knows? Kia has already one game so why stop there, right?  

Guard Showdown: Lee, Yap: Who Would Lead His Team to Greatness?

James Yap and Paul Lee

Ever since the trade between Paul Lee and James Yap happened, comparisons arise from time to time. 

This season, let us try to extract possible outcomes for this two superstar guards with their respective teams.

The question is who would succeed this season?

It is obvious that the two guards light became dim at the time they’ve been traded. It is because they’ve lost the built chemistry with the former team. Star Hotshots, Now the Magnolia Hotshots is a defensive team, while Rain or Shine is a run and gun type. An offensive and defensive team is very much different with all aspects especially game pace which when he used to a specific one, will take a significant amount of a time to adapt to a new one.
The variety of their teams explained their dormancy this past season. The gameplay is so new to Lee and Yap that they’re being veteran in the league seemed to shrink to a negligible, insignificant amount.
I have mentioned earlier about the ‘built chemistry’ of Paul Lee with the Elasto Painters and James Yap with the former Star Hotshots. From the term itself ‘built’, chemistry is not an inherent character of a team, it is a substance built through experience. Assuming that one season is a relatively sufficient amount of time for the chemistry to be established with their new teams, how and what will be their role and whose team would be greater?

1. The Elasto Painters with James Yap

Almost everybody in ROS can deliver from beyond the arc. In fact, even the biggest man there is like Beau Belga could easily drill threes. With the addition of James Yap in their pool, they could even empower the run and gun style of ROS by significantly increasing outside efficiency with Yap. A more accurate and efficient three-point shooting would be ROS’ main card.

2. Hotshots with the Leethal Weapon

Paul Lee is known to be one of the players with the best handle in the league. The Filipino basketball lacks that and that makes Paul Lee an exceptional guard. He could play in all kinds of situation and make baskets for himself or for his teammates with his fancy dribbling skills. With Paul Lee in a defensive team like Magnolia, their defensive stops being converted to points probability would increase. A point guard which can cross over and cut through the defense without using screens much would be very great because the original positions of the play would not be disrupted during set up of play. All Paul Lee needs is isolation.

Who would be a better team?

With the ROS, it is only an empowered outside shooting. They just have an improved old style. But with the Hotshots, Paul Lee’s skills would make the whole team look and play different especially offensively. It would be the Magnolia over ROS this season.

Kiefer Ravena Scores 14 Points, But Coach Yeng Guiao Disappointed After Pre Season Loss to Rain or Shine

NLEX Road Warriors fell short against Rain or Shine

Veteran Asi Taulava scored 12 points but his team fell short against the rejuvenated Rain or Shine franchise. 
Preseason actions from the Upper Deck gym in Mandaluyong as both undefeated teams collide in a preseason tussle to determine their condition and status for the upcoming PBA opening day that is set for December 17, 2017. 
The game is part of the 4 teams pocket tournament. Rain or Shine win gave them a 2-0 standing while NLEX dropped to 1-1.  Rain or Shine Don Trallano, scored 20 points and led the team while Ahanmisi contributed 16.

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After the game, Coach Yeng Guiao was a disappointed but also said that it is a learning process. 
Rabeh Al-Hussaini showed up with 16 points while the Phenom Kiefer Ravena scored 14. Ravena and Alas tandem for NLEX will be highly anticipated this upcoming season. 

Balls-Eye: Paul Lee and James Yap Shall be Back from their Previous Teams

Switching the Leethal Weapon and the Man with a Million Moves to each other’s team turned these two superstars into mere white dwarfs. 

Jamed Yap and Paul Lee

Even former Coach of Rain or Shine Yeng Guiao said: “I feel sad about it, that’s for sure”. It is understandable on the part of Coach Yeng because as we all know him, he is very serious when it comes to basketball, not even smiling at the court. A very strict and hard talent cultivator so it will surely break his heart to see his team go down just because he left them.
When this huge trade became real, we saw its adverse effects. Both the Star Hotshots and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters consistently make it to the top stages of the league especially Rain or Shine which frequently reaches the Finals but always lose against SMB. 
Nevertheless, both of this teams are powerhouses that give everyone in the league a hard path in reaching the championship. But right now, both of these teams are slowly loosening their grip, becoming underdogs against other teams that used to be their match.
Both these guys are the crowd’s favorite when they were on the team but it became different when they are at each other’s camp.

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Years ago, James Yap as part of the ‘San Mig Coffee Mixers’ said that “Masarap kalaban ang Ginebra e kasi pag natatalo sila madami iiyak”. The fire of Manila Classico weakened as James yap left the team which Ginebra Fans are rooting for all the time. The hype of the longest standing rivalry is dying. The PBA tradition of this classic clash is fading out.


Their skills could’ve remained the same but it’s their effectiveness that was left at loss. No individual skill can overpower a perfect blend of teamwork and leadership built up by experience and friendship.
Bring back these guys to where they came from and let them be back in the tight clash, the powerhouse pool with the Beermen, Ginebra, TNT and Bolts. We do not want such talents to be wasted. They aren’t getting any younger so we have to make the most out of what they can do now and the remaining years of their ultimate careers.

Glen Rice Jr Saves the day as TNT Avoids Upset, Books Semifinal Slot Against Ginebra

Ugly win against gusty Elasto Painters did the job

Glen Rice Jr. scored 34 points to lead TNT. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

Talk N Text had the chance to make this match-up wrapped in one game. They failed. They came short. Now, both the KaTropa and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will have to battle it out for the final time to know who between the two teams will earn the honor of meeting the already-waiting Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the semifinals.
Both teams struggled to hold onto the lead, especially in the second half. Both teams didn’t shoot better than 50% in the field in the endgame. But against all odds, the Talk N Text KaTropa prevented an upset by eliminating the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on a 118-114 victory that booked the KaTropa a slot in the semifinals for a chance to dethrone the defending champions, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.
As everyone was expecting them to do, the Talk N Text KaTropa came out firing early in the first quarter as they made 6 of their first 7 attempts to hold an 8-point lead but the Elasto Painters’ offense finally started to click in and bridged the gap at 21-18 on Mark Borboran’s 3-point play. Right after TNT increased their edge back 8, Chris Tiu later brought it down to two on his 3-point shot with 1:19 to play in the first. Mark Borboran ended the opening chapter with a three-pointer to beat the buzzer to tie the score at 27 all. Borboran already 9 points to lead all scorers while TNT’s import, Glen Rice Jr. 8 points during the first 12 minutes. of play.
If TNT was firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, the beginning of the second was a little different as the defense of Rain or Shine forced the KaTropa to turn the ball over multiple times or take highly-contested shots that missed the basket. Later, J’Nathan Bullock drained a jumper to make 42-35 in favor of the Elasto Painters, their biggest lead in the first half. 
The Blur, Jayson Castro nailed a 3-pointer in the ensuing possessions to bring his team within 1, at 43-42 and then added a pair of free throws to give TNT a one-point lead with under 5 minutes before the break. The lead switched hands multiple times as both teams struggled to mount scoring runs as both teams every made basket with another basket and, every missed shot with another missed shot. As a result, both teams headed into the break with the score tied at 59 apiece after Jericho Cruz made a buzzer-beating jumper for the Elasto Painters.
Both teams were shooting relatively good percentages with TNT making 45% of their attempts in the first half while Rain or Shine converted 51% of their own. Glen Rice Jr. led the KaTropa with 18 points while Jayson Castro added 16 points which include 8 free throws and two from beyond the arc. Bullock on the other hand, scored 15 first-half points while Beau Belga added 12. 
What was the difference that worked for TNT? Free throw shooting. As a team, TNT attempted 25 free throws in the first half alone, making 20 of them. In contrast, Rain or Shine only made 7 of their 9 attempts from the free throw line.
It took almost two minutes into the 3rd quarter before either team scored, a spell that was by broken by Glen Rice Jr. a lay-up and J’Nathan Bullock on a pair of charities at the other end. After Bullock nailed a long one off a lucky bounce, Anthony Semerad answered a three-pointer of his own to increase TNT’s advantage to 5 which was later trimmed down to 1 anew off a Mark Borboran lay-up with 5:06 to go, forcing TNT Coach Nash Racela to call for a timeout.  The rest of the 3rd quarter became a free throw shooting contest as both teams struggled to make any notable run. The Elasto Painters had an 86-85 lead entering the final quarter
Chris Tiu and Gabe Norwood drained a three-pointer each to open the fourth quarter to give Rain or Shine, a  7-point lead, prompting TNT to call for another with barely 2 minutes into the quarter. A pair of threes from Ryan Reyes and Anthony Semerad enabled the KaTropa to grab the lead at 102-100 with under 6 minutes to work with.

From that point on, the match became a shootout as Jericho Cruz added another trey for Rain or Shine to tie the score at 105 apiece with less than 4 minutes to play. The Elasto Painter later regained the lead after a  Norwood trey but TNT went on a 5-0 scoring run that made it 112-108, in favor of the KaTropa approaching the final two-minute mark.

Then, Beau Belga and Jericho Cruz combined for Rain or Shine next 4 points to tie the score, again, at 112 all. Two free throws from Bullock gave Rain or Shine the edge, at 114-112 with 46 seconds to go. 3 seconds later, Castro drew J’Nathan Bullock’s 5th foul and drained the ensuing free throws. After the Elasto Painter failed to score on their next possession, Glen Rice Jr. tipped back Castro’s air-balled trey which gave KaTropa the lead, at 116-114 with 10 ticks to play. A bad pass by Bullock enabled TNT to dribble away the clock as Ryan Reyes made two more charities to end the game.
Glen Rice Jr. came out of his shooting slump to finish with 34 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists. Jayson Castro, despite making 3 of his 11 field goal attempts, finished with 20 points, built on 12 free throws. He also dished away 12 assists in the game. Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy added 18 and 16 respectively while Kelly Williams scored 10 points. Points off turnovers were one of the reasons why the KaTropa prevented Rain or Shine from running away especially in the 4th quarter. In addition to this, TNT held a 38-32 advantage in points in the paint.
Rain or Shine on the other hand, was led by Bullock’s 30 points. Beau Belga scored 18 to lead the bench players of the Elasto Painters who, for the second straight game, outscored the bench players of TNT, 54-20. Gabe Norwood finished with 14 while Jericho Cruz added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
TNT – 118
Rice Jr. 34,  Castro 20, Rosario 18, Pogoy 16, Willams 10, Semerad 8, Reyes 5, Carey 4, Tautuaa 3, Golla 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0, Chua 0
Rain or Shine – 114
Bullock 30, Belga 18, Borboran 15, Norwood 14, Cruz 11, Tiu 10, Ahanmisi 7, Trollano 5, Almazan 4, Maiquez 0, Ponferada 0, Yap 0, Robles 0, Matias 0, King 0, Daquioag 0
Quarter scoring:
27-27, 59-59, 85-86, 118-114

ROS Survives Furious TNT Run in 4th

Rain or Shine forces a do or die game after diffusing TNT

Gabe Norwood scored 15 points to extend the season for ROS (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

This game featured two different teams with identical situations coming into the game. Both teams are still in working progress as they’ve undergone coaching changes. Both teams also traded some of their longtime players so they’re building new chemistry amongst themselves. The only difference is that in this quarterfinal series, one team has to win twice before moving on into the semifinals and that team is the Rain or Shine Elato Painters. Sure, beating the Talk N Text KaTropa on two consecutive occasions may be a big challenge but it’s not impossible, right?
Just when everyone thought that there would be another come-from-behind win again, nope. Not this time. The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters survived despite being held scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the 4th quarter as they beat the TNT KaTropa, 106-102.
The game between the KaTropa and the Elasto Painters began with both engaging in an exchange of scored baskets especially those that are off forced turnovers. Both teams were able to run the open floor and score on multiple attempts from the three-point line as the first quarter ended with TNT up by 2, at 28-26. When the 2nd quarter began, it became a battle of forced turnovers as TNT was able to take advantage the Elasto Painters’ mistakes by scoring on the other end. Then, TNT on a scoring run to increase their lead to 8 only for Rain or Shine to climb right back at as they tied the game with under 4 minutes to go in the quarter. The Elasto Painters took the lead and built an 8-point lead of their own after J’Nathan Bullock nailed a jumper with 1:57 on the clock, forcing Nash Racela to call for a timeout.
Rain or Shine entered the halftime break with a 5-point lead, at 52-47 thanks to Bullock’s 23 points to lead all scorers. The Elasto Painters did everything right in the first half from the field goal shooting at 46% including 40% from beyond the arc, to the making extra passes which results in a 13-8 advantage in the total assists.
For TNT, Anthony Semerad exploded for 11 of 16 first-half points in the first quarter alone to lead the KaTropa. Jayson Castro and Glen Rice Jr. added 9 points apiece. Even though TNT struggled offensively in the first half, they took advantage of the fastbreak points, holding a 6-4 edge in that category. In addition to this, the KaTropa were able to keep the score close for the majority of the first half by scoring more off their own missed opportunities as they also held a 9-2 advantage in terms of second-chance points.
Troy Rosario opened the scoring in the 3rd quarter by making a shot off an offensive rebound only to be answered by Chris Tiu on the other end. Jayson Castro soon scored on a lay-up and Kelly Williams added another field goal to put KaTropa back in the lead at 58-56 with 8:37 to play in the quarter, forcing Coach Caloy Garcia to call a timeout. The Elasto Painters scored on back-to-back three-pointers made by Chris Tiu and Gabe Norwood to give them the lead. Another trey by Beau Belga pushed the lead to 6 with 6 minutes to spare. Then, Kelly Williams scored on an alley-oop dunk off a lob from Castro to cut the lead down to 1 in the next few possessions.
Glen Rice Jr. later dunked on THREE defenders and Roger Pogoy added another lay-up to put TNT back in the lead and was followed by an acrobatic lay-up by Kelly Williams. with under 4 to play. After a couple of missed shots by the KaTropa, the Elasto Painters took back the lead on another pair of three-pointers by Gabe Norwood and J’Nathan Bullock. Kelly Williams added another dunk plus a free throw but Rain or Shine scored as they took an 84-75 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
Don Trollano scored on a three-pointer to open the 4th quarter scoring as Rain or Shine’s lead ballooned to double figures at 87-75 as Raymond Almazan followed with another putback to increase the lead to 14, just 2 minutes into the quarter. A Gabe Norwood trey increased the lead to 15 but Kelly Williams answered back with an inside shot for TNT.  The KaTropa continued to clank on their trey during the early minutes of the 4th as Pogoy fouled out with 7:43 to play. At this time, the Elasto Painters were already leading by 18 points after Almazan scored on a pair of charities. A driving lay-up by Maverick Ahanmisi put his team up 20 points with 6:27 to go as Coach Nash Racela called for another time because his team was struggling, both offensively and defensively.
A 9-0 scoring run by TNT cut down the lead to 102-91 with under 4 minutes to play. Troy Rosario added another pair of free throws to cut the lead to 9. The lead was later pushed down to 7 off Glen Rice Jr’s basket. Jericho Cruz finally ended the scoring drought for the Elasto Painters to bring the lead back to 9 approaching the final 2-minute mark. Knowing that his team needed a basket, Jayson Castro scored on another trey to cut the lead down to 6 with 1:17 on the clock to work with.
Glen Rice Jr. later attacked the basket, fished on a foul from a defender, and calmly drained both charities to put the lead back to 4 with under a minute left. After a series of bad passes by both teams which ended with the ball in Norwood’s hands, Ahanmisi drained 1 of 2 free throws to increase their lead to 5 anew with 33 seconds to play. Rice Jr.’s dunk’s cut down the lead as the Elasto Painters just made 1 of the free throws on the next possession, keeping the door open for TNT with 12 seconds to go. TNT missed the next two three-pointers as time ran out for them.
J’Nathan Bullock led the way for the Elasto Painters with 31 points to go along with his 15 rebounds. Bullock scored on 7 out of 12 three-point shots. Gabe Norwood added 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Almazan finished the game with 13 points while Ahanmisi added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. What won the game for the Elasto Painters was their three-point shooting as well as their bench scoring which saw the bench players of Rain or Shine outscored their TNT counterparts, 29-9.
For the KaTropa, Kelly Williams had 23 points and 10 rebounds while Jayson Castro added 22 points. Import Glen Rice Jr. had to settle for 19 points on a miserable 8 of 28 field goal shooting and this was actually one of the reasons why TNT fell behind in the first place. Anthony Semerad had 19 points too and was followed by Troy Rosario who 10 points and 16 rebounds.


Rain or Shine – 106
Bullock 31, Norwood 15, Almazan 13, Ahanmisi 10, Tiu 10, Trollano 10, Cruz 8, Belga 5, Borboran 2, Daquioag 2, Maiquez 0, Ponferada 0, Yap 0, Robles 0, Matias 0, King 0

TNT – 102
Williams 23, Castro 22, Semerad 19, Rice Jr. 19, Rosario 10, Pogoy 7, Siegel 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Tautuaa 0, Hernandez 0, Reyes 0, Lingganay 0, Chua 0

Quarter scoring:

26-28, 52-47, 84-75, 106-102

Bullock, Almazan Take Charge, ROS Secures Important Win

ROS bench players stepped up with big production

J’Nathan Bullock scored 30 points in this important win for the Elasto Painters (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

Although both teams are already assured of their respective quarterfinals slots, the Blackwater Elite and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters knew that they need a win to at least have a fighting chance to improve their standings and lessen the possibility of fighting a stronger team especially if you’re a Blackwater team who will possibly face the league-leading Ginebra should the latter win their must-win game against Talk N Text.

A win by Rain or Shine on the other hand, will make things complicated for the NLEX Road Warriors because this would mean that the Road Warriors will need to win against the Star Hotshots tomorrow.

There is a lot of complications that can shake the standings especially in the Top 4. Regardless of who wins in this game, it will have a rippling effect as to who will face who come the quarterfinals.

At the end of the game, Rain or Shine’s experience prevailed against the Elite after successfully finishing the elimination round with a 122-98 victory.
Throughout the first half, both the Elasto Painters and the Elites, led by newcomer Allen Maliksi, traded runs and blows with the former taking the lead right after the first quarter, at 30-21 and then the Elite started to shot better in the field as their import, Henry Walker and Maliksi led the way as the Elite kept themselves close even taking the lead on multiple occasions and settled for a single-digit deficit at the half.
Despite multiple occasions where the Elite were threatening to take back the lead, Coach Caloy Garcia’s players stepped up in the 3rd quarter as the Elasto Painters, led by Maverick Ahanmisi, who made a couple of three-pointers both during the first half and in the 3rd quarter, and import J’Nathan Bullock.

By the time 4th quarter came around, the Elasto Painters’ offense was already despite a few more turnovers as Rain or Shine held a double-digit lead and they did it by running at every opportunity and making both inside and outside shots with complete accuracy.

The lead went up as high as 103-83 after a trey from big man Raymond Almazan with under 8 minutes to go. Almazan would later be called for a flagrant foul after hitting Walker in the face while trying to block the latter’s shot. From that point on, both teams traded made shots after made shots and, missed shots after missed and Walker was taken out of the game with under 6 minutes to play with the lead up 19.

The Elasto Painters were led by Bullock who had 30 points and 8 rebounds. What made it easier for Bullock is the fact that he didn’t have to carry most of the scoring load as Raymond Almazan scored 20 points off the bench. Gabe Norwood played another stellar game with his 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Maverick Ahanmisi finished 12 points while Don Trollano provided additional spark off the bench with his 11 points.

Overall, Rain or Shine made 49% of their shots including 44% from the outside.

On the other hand, the Elite of Coach Leo Isaac, were led by Allen Maliksi with 29 points while Walker had 21 points and 13 rebounds. KG Canaleta added 15 points off the bench while big man JP Eram contributed 14 points as a starter.

What exactly doomed the Elite? Bench scoring was the difference. The Elasto Painters’ bench players combined for 62 bench points and only 19 for Blackwater and they will need everyone contributing come the quarterfinals regardless of who they will face.

Rain or Shine – 122
Bullock 30, Almazan 20, Norwood 15, Ahanmisi 12, Trollano 11, Daquiaog 11,  Belga 5, King 5, Matias 4, Maiquez 2, Robles 2, Borboran 2, Cruz 0, Tiu 0, Yap 0
Blackwater – 98
Maliksi 29, Walker 21, Canaleta 15, Eram 14, Digregorio 9, Sumang 6, Belo 2, Sena 2, Miranda 0, Banal 0, Pinto 0, Cervantes 0, Cruz 0, Elis 0, Javier 0, Marcelo 0
Quarter scores:
30-21, 57-56, 89-77, 122-98 

Rain or Shine Dismantles Abueva-less Aces

Bounces back from a Sorry Loss to Ginebra

Gabe Norwood and Chris Tiu had 8 rebounds each in the win (Photo by PBA Media Bureau)
Coming off a defeat, the Rain or Shine knew exactly what they needed to do for them to avoid facing complication come playoff time and they did it right and they did it now. The Elasto Painters immediately returned to their winning form after dominating the Alaska Aces who was missing the services of Calvin Abueva, 112-82 at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
Knowing that the importance of this game with regards to their playoffs positioning, the Elasto Painters went back to work after wasting an opportunity against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. They continuously frustrated the offense of the Aces, a team who were hoping to finish an unforgettable conference on a high note. Rain or Shine, despite the struggles of import, J’Nathan Bullock during the early stages of the game, managed to hold a double-digit lead during the first half alone.
To give credit to the players of Alex Compton, the Aces were able to keep within striking distance during the first quarter and they even managed to take the lead before the Elasto Painters strengthened their defense and the Aces started to miss shots that they normally make. And true to form, the Elasto Painters’ defense limited the Aces to make only 36% of their shots in the first half alone while they made the most of their opportunity, shooting 46% in the field. Even as the Aces sliced up the lead to 16 points during the early stages of the 3rd quarter, Raymund Amazan, Jericho Cruz and the rest of the Elasto Painters continued to pound on the points to bring the lead up to 24 again with 6:43 left in the 3rd. That lead eventually ballooned to 31 points heading into the 4th quarter.
To sum it up, Rain or Shine did everything that Coach Caloy Garcia wanted them to do. In fact, Bullock didn’t have to produce big numbers in this particular game. Beau Belga for one, scored points off thebench. Chris Tiu played one of his best games this conference to finish with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. For the Aces on the other hand, the absence of Abueva was proven to be too much to handle as LaDontae Henton led all scorers with 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting night including 1 out of 5 from the three-point line. Only Henton and Tony dela Cruz scored in double figures as the latter finished with 12 points. Bullock, for his part, led Rain or Shine with 14 points and 4 rebounds but had some reinforcements this time around.


Rain or Shine
Bullock 14, Cruz 12, Belga 12, Trollano 11, Tiu 9, Robles 9, Borboran 9, Almazan 7, Yap 6, Ahanmisi 5, Matias 4, King 4, Daquioag 4, Norwood 3, Maiquez 3, Ponferada 0

Henton 20, dela Cruz 12, Encisco 9, Manuel 9, Pascual 8, Casio 5, Exciminiano 5, Baclao 4, Galinguez 3, Cruz 3, Mendoza 2, Hontiveros 2, Abuev 0, Banchero 0, Thoss 0, Racal 0

Quarter scoring:

29-23, 63-41, 92-61, 112-82

Watch Raymond Almaza Rushed to the Hospital After the Game Against Star

Raymond Alamazan had to be put on a stretcher

What seemed to be a regular work in the office turned scary as the Gilas Pilipinas forward suddenly wasn’t able to feel part of his lower extremities and had to be rushed to the hospital right away.
Raymond Almazan played well and was one of the main reason why Star Hotshots suffered its first loss in the conference. He was able to contribute 13 points while grabbing a total of 14 rebounds.
According to our sources, Raymond wasn’t feeling very well even during his first game and was assumed to have flu until today, and while this is not the first time we heard of players playing with flu, it is always a risk to be playing sick. Look at what happened with the 28 year old Almazan.
Multiple sources confirm that he was taken to  Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

Elasto Painters Finally Shoots Star Hotshots Down to Suffer First Loss in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup

Nothing is perfect, not even Star Hotshots who suffered their first defeat in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup against the determined Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 

ROS Elasto-Painters Painted Shoots Star Hot Shots Down as they Suffer first Loss
No stars shined bright tonight as it was painted and shut down by the Elasto Painters, who controlled the majority of the game to hold on to a win against the previously unbeaten Star Hotshots.
Rain or Shine sustained the lead all throughout the game and had little challenge until the last quarter when Star Hotshots tried to mount a comeback and scored a total of 32 points against only 24 of ROS. It was a bit too late, however, as time was not on their side and the lead was already beyond manageable.
The import of Star Hotshots, Malcolm Hill had a bad game although scoring 26 points. His shooting was only at was at 37%, matching the team percentage. Barocca, Melton, and Simon were also out of sink tonight.
On the other hand, Gilas Pilipinas players Norwood and Alamazan both had a double double performance. Norwood scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while Almazan also scored 13 with 14 rebounds.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 92 – Bullock 18, Cruz 18, Norwood 15, Almazan 13, Ahanmisi 10, Matias 5, Borboran 5, Daquioag 5, Tiu 3, Ponferada 0, Yap 0, Maiquez 0, Trollano 0.

STAR 88 – Hill 26, Lee 17, Sangalang 11, Maliksi 10, Jalalon 8, Barroca 4, Ramos 4, Simon 3, Melton 3, Reavis 2, Brondial 0, Pingris 0, Dela Rosa 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 41-30, 68-56, 92-88.

Heartbroken Beau Belga Will Miss The Old Rain or Shine, Ready if the Team Wants to Trade Him

Big Beau Belga shows emotional side after Jeff Chan Trade

Photo by PBA Media Bureau

Beau Belga is one of the two core players left wearing the Rain or Shine jersey from the original team that was built by the former coach of Rain or shine.
Coach Yeng Guiao, now coaching for the NLEX Road Warriors, has built a good team during his five years stint in the Rain or Shine franchise. During his time, the team has appeared in multiple semis and finals appearance as well as capturing two PBA championships, the 2012 Governors Cup and 2016 Commissioners Cup.
After the recent departure of Jeff Chan who has been traded to Phoenix, Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood are the two remaining core players left and Belga could not hide his emotions.
In a recent interview posted by Lyn Olavario, Beau Belga has candidly admitted how hurt he was of the current developments and the look on his face was just telling it all.
” Binuo to ni Coach Yeng”
Beau Belga also mentioned their accomplishments, recalled how the team was built and how he will miss the company of his old teammates and all the happy moments they shared. He was also asked about his feelings and if he wanted to get out as well.
” Ako, wala pa naman, kung sa tingin nila gusto nila ko i-trade , wala ako magagawa dun. Wala akong control sa part na yun, ang control ko lang eh, maglaro. “


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Do you think Beau Belga will be traded?

Norwood will be traded
Both will be traded

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Trade Alert: Gilas Cadet’s Mike Tolomia and Ed Daquioag Swap Teams, Rain or Shine Reshuffling

Gilas Teammates Mike Tolomia and Ed Daquioag Trade Places

Gilas Teammate Mike Tolomia and Ed Daquioag Trade Places
The dust has not settled yet as Rain or Shine continues to make one move after another and this time sending the 24-year-old FEU standout and Gilas Cadet Mike Tolomia to Meralco in return for fellow Gilas Cadet Ed Daquiag. Both players were part of the special PBA draft last year and are both scheduled to represent the country in the upcoming South East Asian Games which will be held in Malaysia on August 20 to 26, 2017.
The move of Rain or Shine to transfer Tolomia was a sequel to trading the all star guard Jeff Chan who have been wearing the Rain or Shine Jersey for 8 years.
Rain or Shine is definitely up to something and looks like we may be seeing more movements as most of the primary players during the Yeng Guiao era has been shipped out to different teams including Paul Lee, JR Quinahan and now Jeff Chan.
Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga are the two main pieces left who are currently left out.
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Who would be traded next?

Gabe Norwood
Beau Belga
Both of them
None from them

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Why do you Think Jeff Chan Was Traded for Mark Borboran?

Jeff Chan traded for Mark Borboran in a shocker move that suprised the players

Why do you think Jeff Chan was traded for Mark Borboran?

Rain or Shine Moving Clearly Thinking About the Future When They Traded Jeff Chan

Why else would a team trade you after a long colorful and successful stint with them?
It could be either you are already past your prime,  no longer productive, they want another player and they see you as a dispensable pawn or they are opening cap space are among the different reasons. With the case of Jeff Chan, we are not really certain of the exact reason why they would trade him for a 35-year-old Mark Borboran whose only best year was when he was averaging 5 points per game with NLEX back in 2014-2015 season.
Mark Borboran is clearly not within the same level of 5-time PBA All-Star, a 2013 All-Star Game MVP, a 2012 Second Mythical Team member a, 2012 Most Improved Player, a Gilas Player and one of the most popular players today.
To be traded is quite normal for players especially when a team is looking for a different direction and they see the player as unfit in the future. Rain or Shine have been changing a lot from their roster since Coach Yeng Guiao separated from Rain or Shine.
Jeff Chan is shocked but is okay, he also mentioned he is excited for a fresh start with Phoenix.
Chan at 33 years old should be surprised not only because he was traded but to be replaced by a 35-year-old Mark Borboran who is averaging just half of his career points average clearly shows how a team currently values its player.
At least Rain or Shine has a second round pick in the trade. Rain or Shine is clearly looking at the future and maybe preparing to rebuild a new generation of players for ROS.
The trade could benefit Phoenix who will now have a combination of two sharp shooting wingman in Matthew Wright and the newly acquired Jeff Chan.  If Phoenix can figure out a way on how the two would work together, then Phoenix will have one of the deadliest back courts today in the PBA with the two shooters teaming up.
Only time will tell if Jeff Chan still has a few more ammo in his left sharp shooting hands?
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Who won the trade?

Rain or Shine



Watch: Jared Dillinger and Meralco Bolts: A Glimpse of Things to Come

Celebrated their win like its a championship.

89- 73 was the final score last night when Meralco Bolts won against Rain or Shine. The win last night was the third for Meralco who is defending their championship title in the Governors Cup.
Jared, on his post game interview noted how the defense played a big role in the win as he credits team mates into contributing great defense to the game. Dillinger, while happy about their triumph is still cautious since recently, the Bolts have always been successful in the early part of the conference then suddenly hits a tipping point in the middle of the conference and suddenly dips down in their performance.
Last night, however, Jared Dillinger had a wild celebration and teammates Durnham and Nabong suddenly came from behind and splashed water over the best player of the night as if they won the championship.
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Will Meralco Bolts win the championship this conference?




What Sneaker Brand will Terrence Romeo Wear Tonight Against Phoenix?

Cinderella Story: Will Terrence Leave his Peak Shoes at home for tonight’s ball game against Phoenix?

Terrence Romeo is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in the PBA. Without a doubt he is a real attraction to the league. An article about what shoe brand he will be wearing tonight is enough to make you want to click it.

Romeo is a part of the 12 man roster who will be leading the Gilas Pilipinas at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup but before he goes outside the country, he still has responsibility for his mother team.

Last game, in a losing effort he led all scorer with 28 points but that wasn’t the story. It was his shoes that caught the attention of many. He wore Nike shoes even though he is an endorser of Peak. The shoe label was covered by tape and he performed better on it.

This is also reminiscing the time when NBA rookie Lonzo Ball who is an endorser of their Family owned Big Baller Brand who turned heads when he wore another shoe brand and worked better on it.

What shoe brand will Terrence Romeo wear tonight?

Under Armour

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Update: Terrence Romeo Wore a Nike Kobe Shoe

Coach Guiao Will Meet his Former Team as NLEX goes for Three in a Row Against ROS Tonight

I like the way NLEX is starting the conference, they are determined, they are focused and they are not celebrating as of yet until they reach their goals. NLEX was one of the worst teams in the PBA the past two conferences and the two wins in a row is a bolt from the blue and definitely an achievement already.
Coach Yeng Guiao however is not losing his focus and certainly is not in the mood for celebrating two victories. NLEX Road Warriors is riding on an early momentum and they hope to continue to carry it with the help of import Fuller who is averaging 27 points in the last two games. Kevin Alas, the current player of the week is also on a roll as they are looking to get a 3rd win against undefeated Rain or Shine tonight.
Rain or Shine had an exciting game with Global Port in their last game. They got a big push from Ahanmisi who unexpectedly scored 17 points. Their import is also a no pushover as Weatherspoon provided 25 points and 15 rebounds.
I am rooting for NLEX to win tonight just because I believe they are on a streak and are very motivated to win after a wretched two conferences.
Who will win Tonight?

Rain or Shine

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Rain or Shine Captured First Win Against Global Port, Romeo Good But Bad

Rain or Shine started the game on a positive note and got a 7 point lead in the first half. They continued the good run in the second quarter but Global Port put up a good fight in the second half only to fall short with the score of 98 to 96 in favor of Rain or Shine.
Rain or Shine was shooting at a high 50% while Global Port is only at 40%. It could have been higher if not because of Terrence Romeo who was triggered happy once again taking 27 attempts and only hitting 9 (33%). He led the scoring , though, with 28 points. But that is not the only issue in this game. Batang Pier also had a problem with their import Jabril Trawick who played only for 16 minutes, shot at 20% (1/5) and fouled out of the game.  As per writing, we heard that Trawick will be replaced right away.
Rain or Shine’s import was a different story as Weatherspoon scored a team high of 25 while shooting 61%. He also got a help from tonight’s player of the game Ahanmisi with 17 points.
Watch the highlights from TV5.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 98 – Weatherspoon 25, Ahanmisi 17, Almazan 15, Tiu 10, Chan 9, Washington 8, Cruz 4, Norwood 4, Ponferada 3, Yap 2, Belga 1.

GLOBALPORT 96 – Romeo 28, Pringle 21, Anthony 12, Guinto 12, Arana 3, Mamaril 3, Trawick 3, Mamaril 2, Ababou 2, Van Opstal 0, Grey 0, Maierhofer 0.

Quarters: 24-17, 50-39, 71-70, 98-96.

Rain or Shine Fell Short Against Hot Romeo and the Batang Pier

Jocking for the last spot in the playoffs against Phoneix Fuel Masters, Global Port Batang Pier squeeze in another win led by Terrence Romeo who scored 26 points and dishing out 7 assists to put down the Elasto Painters.
Rain or Shine did not have a good start scoring 14 points in the first quarter. Led by import Crews who scored 23 points and James Yap who contributed 22 points the Elasto Painters came as close as two points but fell short in the fourth quarter.

Final Score 107 -101.

The scores:

GLOBALPORT 107 – Romeo 26, Harper 19, Pringle 15, Anthony 15, Pessumal 9, Cortez 8, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Grey 2, Paredes 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 101 – Crews 23, Yap 22, Cruz 14, Chan 10, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Tolomia 3, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0.
Quarters: 27-14, 48-44, 75-73, 107-101.

Highlights Global Port vs Rain or Shine from TV 5.

Jeff Chan Made it Rain as Elasto Painters Outlasted the Fuel Masters

Jeff Chan was the player of the game tonight as he reminds everyone that he is still a dangerous scoring machine.
Coming off the bench and playing only 25 minutes, Chan had a hot shooting night scoring 24 points with 50% FG (8/16 ) including, three 3 pointers.  Including Chan, the rest of the bench players contributed a total of 43 points compared with 29 on Fuel Masters.
Rain or Shine stayed with the game and was able to strike at the right moment to take the lead and escaped with the win. The Elasto Paintes scored 34 points in last quarter.
It was a sorry loss for the Fuel Masters as this game was almost in the bag.
Both teams stayed in the middle of the standing with ROS at 3 wins and 2 losses and Phoenix at 2 wins and 3 losses.
Side Note: ROS import and Phoenix Coach Nic Belasco had an altercation after the game.
The scores:
RAIN OR SHINE 96 – Chan 24, Taggart 20, Cruz 11, Almazan 8, Yap 7, Norwood 7, Belga 6, Washington 6, Ahanmisi 5, Tiu 2, Tolomia 0, Ponferada 0, Trollano 0.
PHOENIX 94 – McKay 27, Alolino 14, Wright 12, Intal 11, Kramer 8, Borboran 7, Jazul 7, Baguio 6, Miranda 2, Torres 0, J. Wilson 0, Dehesa 0.
Quarterscores: 25-25, 42-46, 62-73, 96-94

Battle of Imports: Aces Prevailed Against Elasto Painters

Photo by PBA Media Bureau

C. Jefferson scored 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while S. Taggart contributed 40 points while shooting a whopping 70% from the field and also grabbing 14 rebounds.

It’s a Coach’s dream to get this type of production from an import day in and day out. Both Alaska and Rain or Shine could not ask for more as both imports battle it out in a closely contested match that was decided a few seconds in the last quarter.

Both imports  are shooting like it’s Christmas day.

The team stats are showing that they are almost identical in production in almost every aspect of the game except points in the paint in which Rain or Shine prevailed 60 over 32.

Cory Jefferson was hailed player of the game giving his best performance in the PBA yet.

Alaska now sits on top of the standing with four wins and no loss.

ALASKA 105 – Jefferson 41, Casio 16, Thoss 15, Abueva 11, Racal 6, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 3, Andrada 3, Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1.

RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Taggart 40, Cruz 11, Tolomia 9, Yap 8, Norwood 8, Chan 7, Belga 6, Almazan 4, Washington 4, Tiu 3, Ponferada 2, Ahanmisi 0.

Quarters: 26-29, 50-44, 80-71, 105-102.

Mahindra Broken Down by Rain or Shine, Plus Jay Washington’s Milestone

Another tight ball game in the PBA.
Once again four quarters were not enough to settle the difference between Elasto Painters and Floodbusters. The game was close from the get go as both teams tried to establish an early rhythm.
Both imports led the charge of their respective teams but Taggart came out big when it was needed the most. Belga, Yap and Chan all scored in double figures while Gary David led the charge for Mahindra exploding in the fourth quarter.
Rain or Shine edged Mahindra in 3 critical areas: Rebound, Points in the Paint and Bench Points.
Sidenote: Jay Washington became the  83rd member of the 5,000-point club and the first-ever E-Painter to join the list.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Taggart 29, Belga 12, Yap 12, Chan 10, Almazan 9, Ahanmisi 8, Washington 6, Ponferada 5, Tiu 5, Cruz 2, Norwood 1, Tolomia 0, Trollano 0.

MAHINDRA 95 – White 29, David 13, Galanza 10, Celda 10, Deutchman 9, Paniamogan 8, Mallari 6, Caperal 4, Revilla 3, Guevarra 2, Salva 1, Teng 0, Yee 0, Arana 0, Salva 0, Ballesteros 0.

Quarterscores: 22-24, 45-43, 68-66, 88-88, 99-95.

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Rain or Shine Official Roster | 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association owned by Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. It debuted in the league in the 2006–07 PBA season after acquiring the franchise rights of the Shell Turbo Chargers in 2006, which disbanded after the 2004–05 PBA season. From 1996–2006, the franchise played in the Philippine Basketball League, carrying the name Welcoat House Paints, Welcoat Paintmasters and the St. Benilde-Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, winning a total of six championships.

Players Position
Ahanmisi, Maverick G
Almazan, Raymond C
Belga, Beau F
Chan, Jeff G
Cruz, Jericho G
Maiquez, Dexter F
Matias, Ronnie F
Norwood, Gabe G
Ponferada, Jewel F
Robles, Billy Ray G
Taggart, Shwan F
Tiu, Chris G
Tolomia, Mike G
Trollano, Don G
Washington, Anthony F
Yap, James G
Caloy Garcia Head Coach

(youtube by: Basketball World; source: Wikipedia)

Rain or Shine with a blowout debut win against Mahindra in a Wednesday showdown.

Courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

After a lot of changes in team line ups for both squads, Rain or Shine proved the league that they made the right shuffle of players.

Mahindra Floodbuster trailed with as much as 30 points in the game though gaining some momentum in trying to get back and try to inch in to close the gap with the help of Alex Mallari but Rain or Shine made sure that the take the W home.

Jericho Cruz exploded with 15 points which led them into this debut win together with the new Rain or Shine Star, James Yap who recorded 10 points along side Chris Tiu with 11 points.

Escoto, Paniamogan and Mallari were the among the players who were in double figures with 10 points a piece. Mahindra was not able to grabe the lead since the tip off but tried to get back and salvage the win.

Rain or Shine recorded an impressive 45% beyond the 3 point range making 18 out 40 attempts beyond the arc with 68 free throw percentage making 15 out of 22 charities. Jericho Cruz dominated the 3 point are getting 57.14% conversion (4 out of 7)

While Mahindra struggled converting their long range shots with only 17 percent conversion beyond the arc making only 5 of their 29 three point attempts with 42 percent made field goals. Mahindra did a good job in making shots from the foul line with 74 percent conversion but fell shortly with only 3 players listed with double figures.

Final : 105-83 in favor of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

The scores:

Rain or Shine 105 – Cruz 15, Ahanmisi 14, Tiu 11, Yap 10, Belga 8, Tolomia 8, Chan 7, Almazan 6, Norwood 6, Maiquez 5, Washington 5, Trollano 4, Ibanes 3, Ponferada 3, Matias 0.

Mahindra 83 – Escoto 10, Mallari 10, Paniamogan 10, Guevarra 9, Eriobu 8, Arana 7, Yee 6, Celda 5, Nimes 4, Revila 4, Apinan 3, Deutchman 3, Salva 3, David 1, Ballesteros 0.

Quarterscores: 26-16, 61-32, 92-48, 105-83
Best Player : Jericho Cruz with 15 points, 4 assists and 4/7 3PT FGs

2016 PBA Offseason Grades: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

It was just a month ago after the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won their first championship in eight years and the PBA already opened it’s 42nd season. Let us examine how each team did in the offseason.


Players in: James Yap, Jay Washington, Ronnie Matias

Players out: Paul Lee, J.R. Quinahan, Jeric Teng

Drafted players: Mike Tolomia


The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have shocked the Philippine basketball by trading young guard Paul Lee for long-time Purefoods franchise player James Yap. They’ve also swapped big man J.R. Quinahan for Jay Washington.
If we will talk about the age and the years left in the tank for the players involve, the Elasto Painters were basically the loser of these trade transactions but Yap and Washington will surely provide veteran leadership for the Elasto Painters especially that long-time coach Yeng Guiao is out of the team. 
 The Elasto Painters also got their Paul Lee’s replacement in Mike Tolomia in this years draft (special draft). Tolomia is coming off a great college career, winning championship with the FEU Tamaraws. 


Point Guards
Mike Tolomia 
Chris Tiu
Maverick Ahanmisi
Shooting Guards
Jireh Ibanez
Jericho Cruz
Jeff Chan
Small Forwards
James Yap
Gabe Norwood
Don Trollano
Power Forwards
Jay Washington
Ronnie Matias
Raytmond Almaza
Beau Belga
Jewel Ponferrada 

Head Coach: Caloy Garcia

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BREAKING: No more "Extra Rice, Inc." as Elasto Painters dealt Quiñahan to Batang Pier for Washington

J.R. Quiñahan’s tenure with the E-Painters has come to an end. © PBA Media Bureau 

No more coach Yeng Guiao, No more “Extra Rice, Inc.”

A week after their former coach, Yeng Guiao announces that the he will leave the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters team to coach the NLEX Road Warriors, another change has come for the Elasto Painters as J.R. Quiñahan has been traded to the Batang Pier for Jay Washington.

Quiñahan has been part of the Elasto Painters team since the 2011-2012 season and won two championships with the team in 2012 Governors’ Cup and 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.

The 2x PBA All Star averaged 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in just 22.3 minutes of action per game in the 2015-2016 season. He will fill the lack of inside presence of the Batang Pier team.

Meanwhile Jay Washington will be playing for his fourth team in his 12th season in the PBA. The 1st overall pick of the 2005 PBA draft has averaged 8.6 points, 5.81 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 25.5 minutes per game in 2015-2016 season.