Painters shine

February 10, 2019

RAIN  or  Shine  needed an extra period to finally put an end to Phoenix  Pulse’s  five-game winning streak.

Coach  Caloy Garcia  surely doesn’t mind.

Rain or Shine    leaned  on Mark  Borboran’s floating  jump shot with 12  seconds  remaining  and  watched  Calvin  Abueva miss a desperation  three-point shot  to escape with a 98-94 win over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine  Cup at the Smart  Araneta  Coliseum last night.

Borboran’s basket came after Alex Mallari’s  driving layip put the  Fuel  Masters to within  94-96 with  still 37  seconds remaining.

Beau Belga  led the way for the E-Painters  with a near triple double of 16 points, nine rebounds and  seven assists.

Kris Rosales also had 16 points and Maverick  Ahanmisi had 13.

Jason Perkins topscored for Phoenix with 27  points with nine rebounds, followed by  Matthew Wright with  16 and  Mallari with 12.

Actually, Rain or Shine  went  35-of-74   from the floor  for 47 percent  against  Phoenix;s dismal   38-of-98 shooting for only 38 percent.

Phoenix, however,  had more rebounds than  Rain or Shine,  61-44.

The tournamen t resumes on Wednesday with  a regular doubleheader  before  taking a  break to  give way to the  final  window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.

Wednesday’s  matches at the Mall of Asia Arena will  see  Blackwater  against  Alaska Milk  at 4:30 p.m. and  Magnolia  against  Rain or Shine at 7 p.m.

Alaska is 1-1, while Blackwater is 1-5   heading into their crucial encounter.

Magnolia, which captured  the PBA Governors’ Cup last year, will be making only its second game  this  conference.

The  Hotshots lost  75-80 to Talk N Text in their debut last Feb. 3.

The scores:

Rain or Shine  (98) -- Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.

Phoenix  (94) -- Perkins 27, Wright 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.

Quarterscores:  24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87, 98-94.