By: Kristina Caramel Sy
Rain or Shine Elastopainters (ROS) ousted the Brgy. Ginebra Kings via 106-91 last night as they won their 2nd consecutive game of the best-of-3 quarterfinals series. They took the Semifinal seat last night at Ynares Center in Antipolo and eventually booked a best of 7 semis series against Powerade.
The Rain or Shine E-painters reigned supreme in the whole first half of the game as they maintained their 20 point lead using their blasting fast break runs which made Ginebra appear like an underdog in the game til the 1st half ended. The score at the end of the 1st half was 58-37 in favor of Rain or Shine.
The Brgy.Ginebra Kings, showing their "Never Say Die" spirit, were able to slash their deficit in the 3rd quarter down to just 10 points courtesy of Mark "The Spark" Caguioa who sank 7 consecutive points for Ginebra.
As Ginebra already found their rhythm, ROS was alarmed and thus they implemented their tough defense which resulted to ticky-tacky fouls being called by the referees. ROS' defense enabled them to get back to the driver seat and dominate in the last quarter of the game as Jeff Chan, the best player of the match finished with 22 points, and Matias blasted continuous easy baskets that widen their advantage with the Kings that painted their team's name on the next round match list.
ROShine Elastopainters will face the miraculous Powerade Tigers for the semifinals match next year.
Here are the scores from PBA.PH:
RAIN OR SHINE 106 - Chan 22, Buenafe 13, Matias 12, Belga 12, Arana 11, Norwood 9, Quinahan 9, Lee 8, Rodriguez 6, Cruz 4, Tang 0.
GINEBRA 91 - Cortez 17, Canaleta 13, Intal 12, Caguioa 11, Mamaril 10, Labagala 8, Villanueva 8, W. Wilson 6, Helterbrand 6, Tubid 0.
Quarters: 41-24, 58-37, 78-61, 106-91