Balls-Eye: Coach Yeng Going Back to Rain or Shine is a ‘Must’

Coach Yeng Guiao

Talents put to waste is just too shameful. Coach Yeng and ROS being apart is just worthless. The chemistry between them would never be found again with other coach-team combination.
Eversince Coach Yeng departed his former team Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, the tragedy started to pound both of them as evident by being left behind in the league. ROS was formerly one of the most threatening squad but now they turned out to be just mere underdogs starting to lack success.
A league needs stiff competitions between teams and downgrading a powerhouse team is not a way to achieve this desired outcome to provide excitement and satisfaction to its viewers. ROS frequently makes it to the top of the league and almost beating some strong teams like SMB, Ginebra and other teams in the apple of the eye. The Elasto Painters fluctuate the flow of every cup before.
They are indeed one of the strongest and unpredictable teams the league ‘had’.

What’s the secret behind Yeng and ROS chemistry?

Elasto Painters have the fresh legs. Fresh legs enough to endure Coach Yeng’s intensive coaching. This is the secret behind their near success from the past seasons they have been competing.


A separated Coach Yeng and Rain or Shine are just remnants of them being strong together. Together and apart, those are two different stories.
Coach Yeng must go back to the Elasto Painters. Set fire back on their feet and intensify the competition inside and outside the league. 

A Wheeler’s Opinion: The Narvasa Removal: Will it Happen?

Here’s why it can happen and why it will not happen

Due to his approval of the Kia-SMB trade, Chito Narvasa’s days in office are numbered? (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
The weather here in Quezon City is gloomy and so is the future of Chito Narvasa as PBA Commissioner. Why?

Here’s why:

Rumor has it that the majority bloc in the PBA Board, led by the teams under the MVP Group, is currently on the move to out the good PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. 
Let’s face it, folks, when Mr. Narasvasa approved arguably one of the most questionable and equally one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the PBA, the one involving the Kia Picanto sending the rights to pick Christian Standhardinger on draft night to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for bench players, future picks and cash. 
Question: Was it lopsided? Definitely. Questionable? Indeed. 
So why did Mr. Narvasa approve deal despite concerns from the PBA teams? Simple: there was nothing wrong with the trade if you were San Miguel. There was nothing really wrong especially after both teams submitted a 3rd revised version of the deal which sealed Narvasa’s approval.
Now, that decision by Mr. Narvasa not only changed the balance in the league as San Miguel gets to have Standhardinger team-up with 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo but also angered the majority of the team owners who now, want him out of office.  
And if you remember just a few days ago, Talk N Text blasted Narvasa for divulging the information to the media, stating that it was actually Magnum Membrere, a team official of TNT, who filed Standhardinger’s draft application on the latter’s behalf. TNT, in a statement, called the move made by the good commissioner, biased. Given that TNT is under the MVP Group, it came as no surprise that it’s now leading the move to remove Narvasa.

Question: Will it Happen?

Yes. Provided…

Here’s the catch, folks. Removing Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner can be done as long as you have the support of the majority of the team owners. Now, there are 12 teams in the league. Get 7 from those teams and Chito Narvasa’s stint will be done in no time.
Now, according to league insiders, the MVP Group has already found supporters in Alaska’s Wilfred Uytengsu and Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy. 
Additionally, sources are now saying that both Rain or Shine and Phoenix are backing the move so that’s 7 against 5. They are said to agree to call a board meeting tomorrow to finally decide whether or not Chito  Narvasa will go on as commissioner. 


Why? Simple. According to league insiders, Chito Narvasa still has the support of the three teams playing under the San Miguel Corp block as well as SMC ally, GlobalPort, and Kia, of course. These teams firmly believe that 5 votes are enough to keep Narvasa in office thanks to the gray area in the league’s by-laws.


Even though the move to oust PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa falters should it happen tomorrow, this pundit on wheels firmly believes that Mr. Narvasa won’t last long in office because he has lost the trust and confidence of the majority of the team owners. Now, it all depends on the outcome of tomorrow’s board meeting but one thing is certain if we are to believe a league insider: Chito Narvasa won’t have a full 1-year extension.

Watch Raymond Almazan with the Rim Rocker Courtesy of Jayson Castro

Castro feeds Almazan for a one handed slam dunk!

At 15 minutes of play, Raymond Almazan delivered a perfect game scoring 9 points on 3/3 shooting. Almazan was playing back up minutes for Japeth Aguilar but man, he was able to give Gilas a much needed a boost off the bench, including this rim rattling dunk courtesy of the best point guard in Asia Jayson Castro.

Highlights: Kevin Alas Shines Again as NLEX Made it Three in a Row by Defeating Rain or Shine

“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress of our team” – Coach Yeng

Kevin Alas Shines Again as NLEX Made it Three in a Row by Defeating Rain or Shine
Photo by PBA Media Bureau

NLEX Road Warriors looks like a different team now after winning their 3rd game in as many games. 

Rain or Shine tested NLEX Road Warriors tonight and they passed with flying colors. The Road Warriors kept themselves in the game and was able to finish strong after two overtime extensions.
Coach Yen Guiao commended his team for finishing strong while mentioning that it is still a learning process. 
NLEX Road Warriors was led by their import Fuller with 33 and Kevin Alas who is having his career games so far with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Alas got praised by his coach at the end of the game but also got some words from his coach after committing an unnecessary foul. NLEX is now riding a three game winning streak.
NLEX’s next assignment will be on July 30, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum against Phoenix. 

Game scores:

NLEX 122 – Fuller 33, Alas 24, Quinahan 13, Fonacier 11, Lastimosa 10, Mallari 9, Tiongson 6, J. Villanueva 5, Taulava 4, Soyud 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Ighalo 2, Monfort 0, Rios 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 114 – Weatherspoon 20, Belga 15, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Chan 12, Norwood 10, Cruz 10, Almazan 10, Tiu 9, King 1, Ponferada 0.

QUARTERS: 26-27, 59-55, 84-81, 101-101, 122-114

Highlights of the NLEX vs Rain or Shine Game 7/26 by TV 5

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3 games
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more than 6 games

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How in the World did Star Win Against ROS with 34% FG Shooting?

What a Lucky Star. With a 34% horrific shooting percentage, the Hotshots still defeated Rain or Shine to advance to the semifinals series where they will face San Miguel Beermen. 
It was a low scoring ball game as Star Hotshots managed to eliminate Rain or Shine with the score of 84-69.  It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win. Star led by import Ricardo Ratcliffe who tops in 3 categories including points with 26, rebound with 24 and assists with 5. 
The game started slowly with both teams scoring under 20 in the first quarter and it continues to drag in the second quarter.   
Rain or Shine while shooting better percentage at 42% only had 64 attempts against 86 of Star Hotshots.  Rebounding and points in the paint played a big factor as Star grabbed 57 boards against 39 of Rain or Shine. 
In the second half,  Rain or shine continued to struggle and scored only 15 points in the 3rd and 17 in the last quarter. Import Crews only contributed 12 points and was on the bench most the time due to foul trouble. 
After the game, Coach Chito Victolero mentioned that he wanted to have longer preparation for San Miguel Beermen. 
Star (84) – Ratliffe 26, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Simon 9, Sangalang 8, Jalalon 8, Reavis 4, Ramos 2, Maliksi 2, Melton 0.
Rain or Shine (69) – Crews 12, Chan 9, Tiu 9, Belga 7, Washington 7, Norwood 6, Ahanmisi 6, Cruz 4, Ponferada 4, Yap 3, Almazan 2.
Quarterscores: 16-19, 33-37, 55-52, 84-69.

PHOTOS: Star Brings Down Rain or Shine

The scores:

STAR 99 – Simon 16, Jalalon 14, Lee 14, Ramos 12, Maliksi 11, Pingris 11, Melton 6, Sangalang 6, Dela Rosa 5, Barroca 4, Reavis 0
ROS 91 – Almazan 19, Washington 14, Tolomia 11, Norwood 10, Yap 9, Ponferada 8, Ahanmisi 7, Belga 6, Cruz 5, Chan 2
Quarterscores: 23-23, 42-41, 74-75, 99-91

PHOTOS: Rain or Shine in convincing win over TNT Katropa



ROS 101 – Cruz 18, Belga 14, Norwood 13, Almazan 13, Tolomia 11, Ahanmisi 10, Washington 9, Ponferada 6, Chan 5, Tiu 2, Matias 0, Trollano 0

TNT 87 – De Ocampo 24, Rosario 16, Pogoy 9, Fonacier 9, Rosser 8, Reyes 7, Williams 6, Tautuaa 4, Carey 2, Nuyles 2,  Rosales 0, Seigle 0

Quarterscores: 20-12, 42-35, 66-57, 101-87

Bou Belga

Troy Rosario

Troy Rosario, Gave Norwood

BREAKING: Star Hotshots’ James Yap traded for Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee

BREAKING: Star Hotshots' James Yap traded for Rain or Shine's Paul Lee

This might be the biggest deal of the year so far, Star Hotshots have dealt marquee player James Yap for Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee.

According to sources, the deal were hammered out after the Elasto Painters management failed to lock down Paul Lee to a three-year contract extension.

James Yap, 34, will be wearing another jersey for the first time in his entire pro career. The 2x PBA MVP played 11 seasons with the Purefoods franchise where he won 7 championships. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 32.7 minutes per game in his tenure with the franchise. He and newly-acquired Jay Washington will provide some veteran presence for the Elasto Painters.

The Elasto Painters continue their massive overhaul of their roster after Coach Yeng Guiao left the team to coach the NLEX Road Warriors. Earlier this morning, J.R. Quinahan has been traded according to multiple reports and acquired Paul Lee on the same day.

Paul Lee, 27, will also be playing for his second team in the PBA. He played 5 seasons and won 2 championships with the the Elasto Painters. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists with his former team.

The Star Hotshots are now loaded with talented guards composing of Justin Melton, Mark Barroca, P.J. Simon, R.R. Garcia, Alex Mallari and the newly acquired Paul Lee

Rain or Shine will face Phoenix Fuel Masters after huge victory against Star.

Photo by PBA Media

Dollard and the Elasto Painters survived another day as they overcome  a possible early exit as they took home a win against the already eliminated Star Hotshots. It was a close battle between the two teams in the first quarter as Rain or Shine only lead by 2 points but eventually established a huge gap in the remaing three quarters.

The Star Hotshots import, Wright had another amazing point production where he scored 27 points leveled with the RoS Import Dollard with 27 points but wasn’t able to do enough with the lack of support from their local players. RoS blasted away with as much as 14 points in the end of the 3rd period.  While on the Hotshots production, PJ Simon Contributed 15 points and Ian Sangalang with 12 points.

This win of the Elasto Painters will give them a chance to have a face-off game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters to get the final spot in the Quarter Finals round. With a three-way tie of RoS, Phoenix and NLEX the spot is to be decided with a game agains the 8th and 9th spot (ROS and Phoenix respectively) While NLEX earns the 7th spot automatically due to quotient system. The winner of this knock out game will be facing either TNT Katropa or Barangay Ginebra San Miguel also depending on the game results on Sunday September 18 in Binan Laguna.

TNT who currently has 9 wins and 1 loss will tie with Ginebra if they lose the game on Sunday and will be decided via quotient on which team to get the tops spot and the 2nd spot on the other scenario, if TNT wins, Barangay Ginebra will have an identical win-loss record as San Miguel Beermen which will also be decided by a quotient system.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 108 – Dollard 27, Belga 14, Lee 11, Quinahan 10, Chan 9, Cruz 8, Almazan 8, Norwood 8, Ahanmisi 6, Ponferada 4, Tiu 3, Trollano 0.

STAR 97 – Wright 27, Simon 15, Sangalang 12, Maliksi 9, Melton 8, Pascual 8, Mallari 6, Garcia 6, Brondial 6, Reavis 0, Barroca 0, Gaco 0.

Quarters: 28-26; 54-41; 80-66; 108-97.

Terrence Romeo Man on a Mission beats ROS! 33 Pts 5 Assists BEAST!

Terrence Romeo in Albay 8/27/2016
It is no doubt that Terrence Romeo is the best player to create a 3 point shot for himself. I understand that there are “better” shooters out there but man oh man he is very great in creating space to launch a mid range or a 3. If their team makes it to the semis I believe that Romeo should get the nod as the best player of the conference. Romeo never gave up and delivered when it mattered however it was Taha who sealed the game for them delivering clutch basket and a split from the Charity stripe. With this win Global Port improves to 3-4 tied with ROS.
Here is the game highlight from Albay courtesy of sports 5.
 Written by: Aldrin
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Meralco Bolts breaks losing streak, finally gets a win against Rain or Shine

Photo Credits: PBA

Meralco started off with 16 straight points leaving Rain or Shine scoreless in the first part of quarter 1, but RoS fought their way back, played a catch up game and  ended the first quarter with 35-21 , 14 pt. lead for Meralco Bolts.

Rain or Shine still finding ways to sink their shots but, Durham makes it hard for them as he burries multiple field goals, coupled with assists. 2nd Quarter ended at 65-47 in favor of the Bolts. With the help of Alapag and Dillinger, the bolts maintained their lead with consecutive treys. Rain or Shine continues to find their shots to make it a close ball game as Quinahan and Lowhorn continue to sink their field goals.

Trying to shake off their 2 losses the Durham and the Meralco Bolts finally gets a win to break their losing streak. Durham contributed with a huge 32 points which lifted the Bolts ending the game with 7 points with the help of Faundo and Newsome with 12points each.

Final Score 109-102

Best Player : Allen Durham – 32 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks.

PHOTOS: Rain or Shine wins over Phoenix Fuel Masters

ROS 106 – Lowhorn 26, Quinahan 18, Norwood 14, Cruz 13, Lee 11, Ahanmisi 8, Matias 4, Tiu 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Belga 2, Ponferada 2, Chan 0, Nimes 0

PHOENIX 89 – Torres 16, Caperal 12, Buenafe 10, Baguio 9, Wilson J. 8, Enciso 7, Hee 7, Simmons 7, Cruz 6, Lanete 4, Borboran 3, Miranda 0, Pennisi 0

Photos by: Aldrin Alejo
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PHOTOS: TNT Katropa blows past Rain or Shine


TNT 101 – Castro 19, Little 18, Madanly 17, Tautuaa 14, De Ocampo 11, Seigle 9, Reyes R. 7, Carey 3, Rosales 3, Ababou 0, Fonacier 0

ROS 98 – Lowhorn 20, Quinahan 16, Lee 13, Cruz 12, Almazan 11, Ahanmisi 9, Trollano 9, Belga 4, Chan 2, Norwood 2, Ponferada 0

Best Player: Jayson Castro (19pts)

Photos by: Aldrin Alejo

Castro and the TNT Katropa squad gets first win against Rain or Shine

(c) Aldrin Alejo

Jason Castro leads the TNT Katropa to their 1st win this reinforced conference together with their Import Mario Little who debuted with 18 pts, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal as they survived their first in the PBA 3rd conference.

Castro listed a total of 19 points while their Asian import contributed with 17 points, 3 rebounds, one assist and one steal.
ROS, almost had the chance to tie or win the game during the last 2.5 seconds on the clock when Castro was called for a deliberate foul on Gabe Norwood. But Gabe missed his 2 freethrows which caused them the loss. Rain or shine was down by as much as 15 points (16-31) when they fought their way back and actually grabbed the lead at 64-63 with the help of Jeff Chan and Paul Lee.

Rain or Shine lead with as much as 14 points during the first part of the 4th quarter but eventually losing the tempo as the TNT Katropa surged for an 11-0 run to get their first win at 101-98.

The Biggest Question for Each PBA Team Entering the Gov. Cup

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A long break always brings out hopes and unrestrained optimism from the fans, players, coaches and management. In a few days, the final conference of the 2016 PBA season will begin and those hopes and aspirations will diminish for a lot of teams. 

Only few of those expectations will be reached and fulfilled during the conference. Before we go to that agonizing process, let us run down the biggest question that hangs on each team.

Alaska Aces – what was the effect of the Gilas cut to Calvin Abueva?
I think the whole PBA universe will watch Calvin this conference. They want to see his response on the controversial Gilas cut. They want to see him proved to coach Tab that he should have been there. But, it can also go the other way. That can lead him to be wilder that will result to more mistakes and fouls

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel – Who can they trust to get the minutes of Slaughter during his absence?
Every game is important in an 11-games elimination round. Remember, only eight teams will survived the elimination round and the 5th to 8th will have twice-to-beat disadvantage. With the early exit of Gilas and with little playing time there, I expect Japeth to play right away and hold the center position.

Now, the PF position will be interesting. I think Joe Devance will be the frontrunner to take it but Dave Marcelo and a small line-up with Paul Harris getting the PF spot are interesting options too.

Blackwater Elite – Will Carlo Lastimosa and Roi Sumang fit beside each other?
 I am pretty sure that one of the vision of the Elite is Sumang and Lastimosa playing well together and creating one of the best scoring backcourt in the league. Both need to improved their defense and playmaking to be a better player and a better fit to each other. 

Globalport Batang Pier – How to divide the minutes to their loaded backcourt rotation?

Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle, Karl Dehesa, Joseph Yeo and now Omar Krayem, that is the depth of the backcourt of Globalport! Unfortunately, they only have 96 minutes to divide between those five. Maybe Coach Franz will try to play a super small line-up by giving minutes to Dehesa or Yeo or Krayem in the 3. That is possible, but will it work?

Mahindra Enforcers – Can Canaleta and Ramos proved that their performance last conference were not flukes?

Nino Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos risen and exhibited last conference that they can be the main players with their 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 42.2% 3FG and 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 41.7% 3FG, respectively. Now, the jury is still out for the two of them. Can they do it again?

Meralco Bolts – Who will get more minutes, Amer or Alapag?
The Bolts is in a very weird situation. They want to develop their young players and contend in the same time. That is not the easiest path to take but they managed to reached semis, last conference, and still give Baser 17.8 minutes a game. Will coach Norman give the bigger chunk to Jimmy once again, or will he commit more on giving experience to Baser? 

NLEX Road Warriors – is Garvo Lanete an elite shooter?
He finally got the minutes last conference and he did well enough to merit those minutes again this conference. It is very clear that Coach Boyet wants him to be their catch and shoot sniper and his 33.7% efficiency last conference is very promising. If he can put up a better mark, I am pretty sure their opponent will start to respect him.

Phoenix Fuel Masters – Who will they trade next?
Phoenix is on a total rebuild of the franchise. JC Intal and Willy Wilson still reminds the people about the Barako franchise so I expect them to be traded soon. Will they go together or one of them will be dealt much earlier?  

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Will Dior Lowhorn be a good fit?

Dior will bring the same body type as Pierre Henderson-Niles and more scoring punch to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The history of Coach Yeng has taught us that the fit to his team is more important  than the talent of an import. Will Rain or Shine benefits with the superb scoring ability of Dior, or will it hurt the team?

San Miguel Beermen – Can Arwind keeps up with his younger elite teammates?
We have been spoiled by the durability of Santos in his whole career that we forget that he is already 35. In short, he is not already on his prime and it will only be a matter of time before father time forced him to be part of bench. Will it happen this conference?

Star Hotshots – Can James Yap complete a kind-of renaissance season?

James Yap is averaging more points this season than the last two seasons. He is contributing 13.3 points in 37.4% FG and 3.4 rebounds per game this season. Last conference, he was already getting his rhythm but he was hit by an injury. Can he pushed his scoring average to 14, one last time?

TNT Tropang Texters – Is Moala Tautuaa the real deal?

I was one of those who salivated to see him play in the PBA. Unfortunately, the depth of the frontline of TNT and his fit to the team has forced him to take time to learn how to play with TNT and in the PBA. 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 53.3% FG will not be acceptable for a 27 years old #1 pick. 

ROS to the finals; erases Grand Slam hopes of SMB

RoS guard Paul Lee attempts to score while being guarded by SMB bigman June Mar Fajardo PHOTO CREDITS: Tristan Tamayo

The Elasto Painters just began a run for the championship tonight to finally hold a tournament winning trophy since 2012.

Working perfectly fine, they edged the Grand Slam hopeful San Miguel Beermen, 124-99  to realize a second straight finals stint in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A clearly lethal Paul Lee scored 18 points and tallied five assists in topping his team performance in a dominant outing against a powerhouse team.

“Napakasaya makapasok ulit sa Finals (It’s a great feeling to be back again in the Finals)” Coach Yeng Guiao said when asked about his thoughts but he reminded his team to stay humble  because they didn’t win the crown yet. 

Reid and Cabagnot tried to lead a comeback and SMB was partially successful as the Beermen clawed to within 11. But Cruz nailed back-to-back 3s from the left corner, stoking the E-Painters’ charge to a 92-70 spread at the end of the third quarter but it seems like the Painters don’t want to extend the series.

The Finals could start at Wednesday as the Painters just wait the winner of the Alaska-Meralco series. 

The Scores:
RAIN OR SHINE 124 – Lee 18, Henderson-Niles 15, Norwood 15, Tiu 13, Cruz 12, Almazan 10, Ahanmisi 9, Quiñahan 8, Chan 6, Ponferrada 5, Belga 4, Ibañes 3, Nimes 2, Teng 2, Trollano 2.

SAN MIGUEL 99 – Reid 25, Lassiter 20, Cabagnot 18, Fajardo 12, Espinas 6, Ross 6, Santos 6, David 5, De Ocampo 1, Arana 0, Heruela 0, Tubid 0.
Quarters: 23-22, 61-42, 92-70, 124-99

Is RoS Import Henderson-Niles Right in Saying That Greg Slaughter is Soft?

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters swept the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in their quarterfinal match up. One of the factor is the sub-par performance of Ginebra’s big man, Greg Slaughter. After the series, the ROS import had one statement to Gregzilla, saying that he is soft!

Well, he has the right to say that statement after limiting Greg Slaughter to just 12 points, 7 rebounds, .5 block and 47.8 FG shooting in two playoff games after ranking on top of the statistical points standings in the elimination round with the averages of 18.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 52.7 FG shooting.

Although Slaughter has the height advantage being 6’11 while Henderson-Niles being 6’8, Niles has the edge in pounds as Greg Slaughter needs to push the 270 pounds hulking import. The bulky Rain or Shine import averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds in two games against the Ginebra, Statistically, Pierre Henderson-Niles is correct and has the right to say what he said about Greg Slaughter.

Quarterfinals Match-up: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Photo by: PBA Media Bureau

Since Rain or Shine arrived in the PBA, Barangay Ginebra has been a rival to them. The Kings once defeated the Painters in the quarterfinals even though they have a twice to win disadvantage. But in another conference with the same scenario, the Painters won after a crucial call went in favor of them. Now, they are to clash in a best of 3 quarterfinal series starting this Sunday at 5:15 PM. Here are my predictions in this exciting series.
 1. Jeff Chan will carry Rain or Shine on his shoulders
We know what this man is capable of doing. He can slash, shoot and score. Jeff can easily catch fire and knock down jumpers against great defenses. He has proven this not only in this league, but also in international competitions. Also, he just won his ‘Player of the Week’ citation after they defeated Blackwater Elite and therefore boost their chances in the quarterfinals.
2. Ginebra’s defense will bite

Hater or fan of this team, let’s all admit that Ginebra has been playing defense really good. They won back to back games heading into the playoffs with a huge difference in terms of their scoring and the opponents scoring. The Painters have to watch out for the quick hands of Ginebra’s guards and solid defense from its tall frontline.
3. RoS will aim to win fast break opportunities
Of course it is very common to play a fast tempo offense against a triangle offense oriented team. This will push Ginebra to follow their own tempo; therefore rushing the plays of the Kings. Expect Rain or Shine to run fast breaks and shoot a lot of 3 pointers. Still, people should be aware that Ginebra’s guards have already learned patience in setting up plays.
4. L.A. Tenorio will have a hard time scoring

L.A. has been carrying this team together with Slaughter and Jeffers but expect him to put up lower points. Why? Norwood will stand on his way. I predict that Coach Yeng will assign the 6’5″ Norwood to stop the 5’9″ Tenorio. Aside from Norwood, the 6’5″ Ahanmisi will also help in defending Ginebra’s guards particularly the ‘Gineral’.
5. Ginebra will win the series very closely: 2-1
Ginebra already won their match-up against this team in the elimination round. They also are on a roll for the past 2 games. But this prediction will only come true if they will stretch their defense and guard the perimeter shooters of their opponent. Also, looking at Pierre Henderson-Niles, it is safe to say that Ginebra has better team chemistry since Henderson-Niles just arrived before their last game against the Blackwater Elite. They just have to watch out for him since he made a solid debut last Sunday. Nevertheless, no one should underestimate any team since anything is possible to happen in every game.

Barangay Ginebra vs. Rain Or Shine Photos

Barangay Ginebra vs. Rain or Shine Photos

Final Score: Ginebra 103-92 ROS
Best Player of the Game: Othyus Jeffers with 38 points and 20 rebounds
Sol Mercado drives to the basket against Gabe Norwood
Joe Devance tries to score against Jeff Chan
Greg Slaughter muscles his way
against JR Quiñahan
Greg Slaughter powers his way to the basket
Greg Slaughter tries to score against Raymond Almazan
Beau Belga boxes out Jervy Cruz
Gabe Norwood tries to score against Joe Devance
Jericho Cruz drives to the basket
Beau Belga defends Greg Slaughter
Chris Tiu drives to the basket against the twin towers
Jeff Chan lays it in
Jeff Chan defends Othyus Jeffers
Antoine Wright and J8reh Ibanes
Othyus Jeffers bulldozes his way inside 
Photos courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

Living Without The Lee-thal Weapon

When Paul Lee was discovered to have a tear in his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the reverberations of that injury was felt not just by his PBA team, the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters, but also by the Gilas national team.
Fortunately for Gilas, this injury will not have a major impact in their preparations for next year’s Olympic qualifiers. Unfortunately for the Elasto Painters, this injury will define their campaign in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup.
Here are the four aspects where the Elasto Painters will feel Lee’s absence:
Paul Lee is, in simple words, a playmaker. He makes good things happen, whether with good passing, strong drives to the rim, kick outs to open shooters, hitting open shots to keep the defenses honest, or controlling the tempo of the game to better suit the Rain Or Shine game plan.
He’s the focal point and engine of the Rain or Shine offense, which means that when Paul Lee is in the zone, he can almost singlehandedly destroy opposing defenses.
The fact that he can do it in so many ways, not just by scoring a ton, makes him especially hard to replace. Just consider his stats from last year’s PBA season: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, and 3.3 apg. Those are major numbers for someone who plays just 27 minutes a game.
Paul Lee had always been known as a scorer, not so much as a pure shooter. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t shoot. In fact, Paul Lee has been more than capable from long distance, shooting an impressive 39% from three-point land. That puts him squarely in the top 10 among three-point marksmen in the league.
This is crucial in that defenders can’t afford to sag off Lee, in fear of him getting off an in-your-face three. And when defenders play Lee tight, the threat of him blowing by for an easy lay up becomes all too real.
Lee’s shooting ability also ensures that big men like JR Quinahan, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood have enough space in the painted area to operate in. With Lee’s defender unable to help pack the shaded lane, it becomes easier for the Painters big men to score up close.
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Ranking The PBA Teams: The Teams At The Top

In the last of our three part series, we’ll review the PBA teams and rank them according to the strengths of their lineup.

(Missed #12-#9? Go here. For #8-#5, go here.)
Here are the teams at  #4 to #1.
Chris Banchero
Cyrus Baguio
Vic Manuel
Sonny Thoss
Calvin Abueva
Nonoy Baclao
Marion Magat
Rome de la Rosa
Chris Exciminiano
Dondon Hontiveros
Eric Menk
RJ Jazul
Tony de la Cruz
JV Casio
Kevin Racal
Analysis: The Alaska Aces is the team that proves that the whole can be worth so much more than the sum of its parts. On paper, they shouldn’t be able to beat teams like the Gin Kings or the Hotshots but they do. There is no clear cut superstar on their roster but somehow, the tenacity of Calvin Abueva, the smarts of JV Casio, the shooting of Dondon Hontiveros, the guile of Cyrus Baguio, the versatile skill set of Vic Manuel, the leadership of Tony de la Cruz and the inside presence of Sonny Thoss make them one of the harder teams to create a game plan for. Which means that on any given day, any of those players mentioned above may be the one who beats you.
Paul Lee
Gabe Norwood
Jireh Ibanez
Jeric Teng
Jericho Cruz
Maverick Ahanmisi
Jewel Ponferada
Jeffrei Chan
Chris Tiu
Don Trollano
Raymond Almazan
Beau Belga
JR Quinahan
Josan Nimes
Ronnie Matias

Analysis: The Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters is one of the most complete teams in the PBA. They’ve got an elite scoring playmaker in Paul Lee, deadeye shooters in Jeff Chan, Chris Tiu and Jeric Teng, lockdown defenders in Gabe Norwood and Jireh Ibanez, bruising size with Beau Belga and JR Quinahan, and they’ve even got their future team cornerstones in Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi. Add the fiery Yeng Guiao as coach and you’ve got a final four contender every time. What’s keeping them from being ranked 1 or 2? They’re pretty good at all facets of the game but they aren’t dominant in any facet of the game.
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