March 7, 2011

Llamados Triumph; Rain or Shine Sustains Rare Streak

MANILA—Rain or Shine downed Powerade, 102-92, yesterday to sustain its best ever conference start in the Philippine Basketball Association since 2006.

Hassan Adams shot 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead a balanced offensive by the Elasto Painters, who nailed a third straight victory to keep the lead in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s nice to keep the win streak. We’re just enjoying the moment and the wins because we know that one day it’s going to stop,” said new coach Yeng Guiao, who was also enjoying his finest start since the 2007 Fiesta Conference with Red Bull.

 Larry Rodriguez, Gabe Norwood, Doug Kramer, TY Tang and Ryan Arana backed up Adams as the Elasto Painters took the half at 55-41 and stayed in front for good.

“We don’t want to rely on Hassan although we know he can carry the team on his shoulders,” said Guiao.

Rodriguez, who sneaked in several undergoal plays that kept the Tigers at bay, posted a conference high 16 points. Kramer added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his best output so far.

Norwood finally hit in double figures with 14 after three games while Tang and Arana contributed 10 points each.

Rain or Shine also held Powerade’s Russel Carter to 17 points after he averaged 32 in the last three games. Carter scored only three points in the decisive period for the Tigers, who picked up their third loss in four games.

Gary David scored 15 of his 24 points in the third period as the Tigers clawed their way to within  74-79 entering the last quarter.

But Norwood and Rodriguez combined for nine of Rain or Shine’s 11 points in the next five minutes to restore the Painters’ double-digit spread.

The Elasto Painters hit 51 percent in the first half against the Tigers’ 34 percent to take that 55-41 halftime lead.

In the second game, Derby Ace drew big shots from its guards and hammered out a tough 96-89 victory over Barangay Ginebra.

PJ Simon struck hardest, while Jonas Villanueva and James Yap contributed dagger baskets in the stretch for the Llamados, who notched their second victory in four outings.

The Gin Kings dropped to a 1-2 record after dropping their second match following a rousing opening victory.

Simon hit seven straight points—a triple to tie the game and two baskets that broke the match’s last two deadlocks—to key Derby Ace’s endgame run.

Villanueva knocked in a key basket late before rolling his ankle while Yap hit a clutch triple to help the Llamados wipe out a seven-point deficit and take a 92-85 lead.

The scores:
First Game
RAIN OR SHINE 102—Adams 21, Rodriguez 16, Norwood 14, Kramer 12, Tang 10, Arana 10, Vanlandingham 8, Belga 5, Uyloan 2, Jazul 2, Cruz 1, Buenafe 1, Chan 0, Ferriols 0.
POWERADE 92—David 24, Carter 17, Gonzales 11, Lanete 10, Allera 7, Antonio 7, Quinahan 6, Cruz 6, Anthony 2, Calimag 2, Macapagal 0, Espino 0.
Quarters: 34-21, 55-41, 79-74, 102-92
Second Game
DERBY ACE 96—Yap. J. 25, Spears 21, Simon 20, Yap R. 11, Pingris 9, Salvador 5, Villanueva 3, Adducul 2, Gaco 0, Canaleta 0.
BRGY. GINEBRA 89—Brumfield 29, Caguioa 16, Wilson W. 10, Hatfield 10, Tubid 6, Miller 4, Menk 4, Wilson J. 3, Cortez 3, Intal 2, Villanueva 2.
Quarters: 26-11, 42-38, 68-68, 96-89



the bmeg squad is still struggling since there scorer james Yap is still not able to play.

Yeah, it was a great game between two deserving teams that showed all that capable, but triumfator only one! The main thing is to be professional and show a good show in sports, such as LOL: These Ping Pong trick shots will rock your world isn't it, they are real Pro athletes-entertainers? Beautiful, unusual and professional.

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