Painters target 2-0 lead

April 13, 2019
Kris Rosales and Mark Barroca
Kris Rosales and Mark Barroca

WHAT kind of surprise will Rain or Shine bring out today against Magnolia?

The Elasto Painters gun for a 2-0 lead versus the Hotshots in the resumption of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Painters surprised the Hotshots by playing with their vaunted physicality that went with sustained yet balanced offense to take Game 1 of the best-of-7 series last Friday.

Javee Mocon, Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga and Ed Daquioag alternated on offense and finished with a combined output of 50 points. The four were also there to help the Painters contain the Hotshots’ threat to launch a comeback.

What made that night so nice for the Painters was that they were able to minimize their turnovers in a relatively low-scoring ball game, committing just 12 errors.

Their defense on the other hand worked quite well against the Hotshots whom they forced to commit 24 turnovers.

As a result, the Painters drew 26 points from those Magnolia turnovers.

As all those good things on the side of RoS and those flops and the seeming anemic offense on the side of Magnolia were over and done with, it’s now time for adjustment which will definitely be the name of the game when they collide at 6:30 p.m. in Game 2.

If the Hotshots are to even the series, they need to watch out for this Mocon who cut loose with 15 points and 10 rebounds on his first PBA semifinal outing.

“I just have to step up; we actually all have to step up as it’s the semifinals,” said Mocon, who was selected 6th overall by RoS during  the 2018 Draft.

“We stuck to playing tough defense. Yun naman ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito ngayon. Yun ang dahilan kung paano kami nakarating dito,” added Mocon.

“It’s great to win the first game but we just have to forget about the game and think about Game Two,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.

“I know we won but it was a hard battle. We know that they are going to do good adjustments in the second game.”

Even Paul Lee admitted Magnolia didn’t respect Rain or Shine’s bench players enough.

“We did not respect some of their guys,” Lee said. “Kailangan matuto kami doon including me. Kailangan matuto kami lahat doon.”