RAIN or Shine steadied in the fourth quarter to beat Barangay Ginebra, 83-80, in the PBA Philippine Cup Petron Saturday Special at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
Javee Mocon, Gabe Norwood and Mark Borboran struck for the big plays to help the Painters pull through in a tight battle and secure their second straight victory.
With ROS up only by one, 69-68, in the last seven minutes, Mocon completed a three-point play, while Norwood added a basket as the Painters built a 74-68 lead which they gamely protected en route to the hard win.
The Gin Kings came to within 82-79, on Japeth Aguilar’s basket off L.A. Tenorio’s assist, and even earned a pair of cracks at moving closer, Aguilar himself muffed two pressure-laden freethrows.
The Gin Kings tumbled to their second loss in three games.
Columbian Dyip meanwhile returns in action today, looking to sustain its amazing start in the kickoff conference.
The Dyip take on NLEX Road Warriors in the 4:30 p.m. opening tussle of an interesting doubleheader that will also see San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N Text collide in the main offering at 6:45 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Over at the Ynares Center in Antipolo last Friday, the Dyip made another sampling of their strong character when they beat NorthPort behind a third quarter breakaway in a game that also showcased plenty of talents in its roster.
The Dyip fought hard in the first two and half quarters trying to size up the Batang Pier, but as soon as they got breaks late in the third, they seized the opportunity to unleash their offensive.
With the Batang Pier’s offense distressingly in tatters as most of the gunners already were foul-ridden by then, the Dyip took no time to seize the moment on the way to a confidence-boosting 110-100 spanking of the Batang Pier.
Reden Celda, Jackson Corpuz and Jeepney Faundo scored 15 points each while CJ Perez, Rashawn McCarthy, JP Calvo and Eric Camson added 12 points or more in a balance attack rarely seen in the Dyip.
That was an excellent Columbian’s rebound from 108-98 loss it suffered last January 23 at the hands of now solo leader Phoenix Pulse – something that’s good enough to impress coach Johnedel Cardel.
“It was a very big win again against NorthPort,” said Cardel. “They are 2-0. I know they will come out with a high intensity. I talked to the guys, we are 1-1 but the big thing was our first game.”
The Dyip earned the respect of everybody in the pro league after they put one over on the Beermen.
“We can beat any strong team in the PBA if we play together and continue our patience on offense and defense,” added Cardel.
The Dyip will be gunning for their third win in four outings that will keep them on the upper half of the standings, while the Road Warriors are seeking to barge into the win column after dropping their first three outings.
The Beermen also shoot for their third win in four games in their meeting with the KaTropa who are still winless in three outings.