RAIN or Shine readily bounced back from opening day loss, outlasting Columbian Dyip, 96-90, in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The win though came a bit harder for the Painters as they were dragged by the Dyip into a close fight most of the way in the game, but thanks to Wright, they were able to pull through in the game.
Wright cut loose with 30 points and was also there when the game was on the line to help the Elasto Painters bounce back from a 99-94 loss they suffered at the hands of NorthPort at the start of the conference last Friday.
Wright, who played for Magnolia in 2016, scored the Painters’ last seven points as RoS sent the Dyip crashing down to their first defeat after a 117-110 spanking of Alaska also last Friday.
The Dyip had just taken the lead at 89-87 on Khapri Alston’ basket entering the last two minutes, when Wright went for a barreling drive amid heavy traffic to tie the count at 89-all.
The Dyip sued for timeout, but were too unfortunate that they failed to score on RoS tight defense.
The Painters then grabbed the upperhand as Wright, time and again, took matters into his own hand by translating Rey Nambatac’s feed, 91-89, plus a foul from Glenn Khobuntin.
He missed the charity, but quickly made up for it with another tough drive for a 93-89 RoS lead, 14.5 seconds left.
“It’s a good win for us,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.
“We were disappointed with the way we played last game. I just told the players the only way we can come back is to win this game so that at least hindi kami makalayo sa standing,” added Garcia.
Wright also had the highlight play, scoring on a dunk off a wrap-around pass by Ed Daquioag for a 72-68 Rain or Shine lead.
Columbian came back following a basket by CJ Perez and a jumper by Juami Tiongson with 1:59 left in the game for an 89-87 lead but was unable to sustain the advantage.
Meanwhile, the Top management of San Miguel Beer has reportedly given Tim Cone the green light to accept the offer of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to handle the men’s basketball team to the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua confirmed the company’s all-out support to the SBP’s plan to have Cone handle Gilas in the wake of the resignation of former national coach Yeng Guiao.
The Filipinos are the defending the cage title in the biennial games which the country is hosting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
Rain or Shine 96 - Wright 30, Nambatac 17, Exciminiano 10, Mocon 10, Borboran 9, Daquioag 8, Torres 7, Norwood 2, Rosales 2, Ponferada 1, Yap 0, Belga 0, Onwubere 0.
Columbian 90 - Alston 23, Perez 22, Khobuntin 14, Tiongson 10, McCarthy 9, Cahilig 5, Camson 3, Flores 2, Calvo 2, Faundo 0, Reyes 0, Celda 0, Gabriel 0, Gabayni 0.
Quarterscores: 23-14, 44-44, 66-63, 96-90