MANILA, Philippines Rain or Shine banked on a more balanced rotation and balanced game as the Elasto Painters topped the Globalport Batang Pier, 119-112, in a Dubai showdown to finally barge into the win-column in the PBA Governors Cup Thursday night (early Friday morning in Manila).
Import Wendell McKines made team-highs 28 points and 13 rebounds while JR Quinahan fired 24 points and Beau Belga tossed in 12 to lead a productive 61-point output by the ROS bench compared to measly 33 by their Globalport counterpart.
The Elasto Painters played with a sustained firepower and overcame the huge 90-point effort of Terrence Romeo, Omar Krayem and debuting Globalport import Jarred Famous for their first win in three starts after a runner-up finish in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Outside of Romeo, Krayem and Famous, no other Globalport player scored more than five as the Batang Pier reeled with a second straight loss following 3-0 start in the season-ending Governors Cup.
The E-Painters started with a 13-2 blitz and dominated the game, leading by 18 points at one instance, 65-47, before fending off a Globaport fourth-quarter fightback in the entertaining match played before mostly overseas Filipino workers at the Al Shabab Sports Club.
“We drew some inspiration from the way they (the OFWs) treated us and the way they enjoyed the game,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
“It’s a hard physical game but it’s good seeing the crowd involved. We got some momentum and some energy from them,” Guiao added.
The fiery ROS mentor expected a tougher matchup versus the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the second of the two-game PBA Dubai series Friday (early Saturday morning in Manila)
“It’s harder because, first, we’re tired and, second, we’re up against Ginebra and we’ll be playing against the crowd,” Guiao pointed out. “We’re expecting the game to be as physical and emotional as (the ROS-Globalport) game. We’re hoping to be able to come out with the same energy and same aggressiveness.”
Japeth Aguilar, who has missed Ginebra’s first four games due to a hamstring pull, may finally rejoin the Kings in the game set in the same 4,000-seater playing venue.
What was expected to be a shootout between Romeo and Paul Lee didn’t unfold as the E-Painters played as a team with the ROS ace guard scoring just nine points but adding six assists and the same number of rebounds.
Romeo led all scorers with 40 points on 12-of-25 clip including three three-point conversions.
Famous marked his first game with Globalport with 26 markers and 16 boards against six turnovers while Krayem, the team’s Asian import, contributed 24 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds.
The Batang Pier, however, failed to draw the needed support from the rest of their lineup and thus suffered another loss after a 102-124 rout by the San Miguel Beermen Sunday.
Romeo sparked a 12-to-nothing counterattack by the Batang Pier from 2-13 count as they took the lead briefly midway through the first quarter before the E-Painters unleashed another run to close the opening period at 38-32.
The E-Painters then stepped on the gas in the next period, pulling away at 66-49 at the half.