Rain or Shine Elasto Painters pounced on the fourth quarter ejection of Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi as it repulsed repeated rallies to hack out a 93-81 victory that snared it the solo lead in the PBA
Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Friday.
Paul Lee came through with a solid all-around performance with 17 points, seven rebounds, four
assists and a steal as the Elasto Painters zoomed to the top with a 7-1 (win-loss) record while
leaving behind the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters, their erstwhile co-leader now on second place on a
The Energy, who saw their coach ejected at the start of the final canto, fell to their third loss
against five triumphs but remained at No. 3.
“We prepared for them, we knew its going to be difficult and hard game, we knew as long as we can
keep the game fast and we were able to have an advantage and that’s what we’re trying to do all game
long,” said Rain or Shine coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao.
“We also know that this is a potent offensive team but our team defense held up and we’re glad it
did because we can’t match up with them one on one,” he added.
Guiao, who is coming off a P34,000 fine recently, even joked about the ejection of his opposing
“Nagulat din ako na naunahan ako ma-thrown out ni coach Junel, hindi ako makapaniwala at ngayon lang
nangyari sa buhay ko ito,” quipped Guiao. “It helped us in a way and it happens to me, it happens to
Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi was tossed out early in the fourth after he was slapped with his
second technical foul. A couple of minutes later, his player, Don Allado, was also assessed a
Rookie sensation Paul Lee erupted for 10 of his 12 first half points in the second quarter when Rain
or Shine outscored Barako Bull, 30-19.
The Energy actually trimmed their deficit to a hairline, 20-19, early in the period but Lee came out
strong and transformed that shaky upper hand to a more comfortable 47-33 advantage at the break.
The first half though was not without some commotions as technical fouls came aplenty–one from
Barako Bull’s Mick Pennisi in the first period and one each by another Barako Bull player Leo
Najorda and Rain or Shine’s Jervy Cruz in the second canto.
Najorda and Cruz got into a shoving and nudging match were quickly slapped a T to prevent the
incident from escalating.
The Elasto Painters seized the initiative early with Jireh Ibanez making both of his two shots–a
triple and a basket–to lead the way after the first quarter, 17-14. (JV)
RAIN OR SHINE 93 – Lee 17, Buenafe 16, Ibanes 11, Cruz 10, Arana 10, Norwood 9, Belga 6, Chan 6,
Matias 4, Jaime 2, Quinahan 2.
BARAKO 81 – Miller 23, Ababou 11, Allado 10, Pennisi 9, Arboleda 7, Pena 6, Salvacion 5, Salvador 4,
Najorda 2, Artadi 2, Seigle 2, Avenido 0.
Quarters: 17-14, 47-33, 67-59, 93-81