IMPORT Arizona Reid spearheaded Rain or Shine’s vicious third-quarter offensive as the Elasto Painters rolled past Globalport, 119-97, for their first victory in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 6-3 Reid, a one-time PBA Best Import awardee, scored 13 of his game-high 30 points to lead Rain or Shine’s blazing 39-point explosion in the third canto to turn what until then was a tight contest into a ghastly rout.
The victory allowed the Elasto Painters to tie their victims at 1-2 (win-loss) in the single-round eliminations where the top eight advance to the quarterfinal stage.
“We just shot the ball well in today’s game. It’s been a long time since we shot the ball this way kasi matagal na kaming di nakakakuha ng ganitong rhythm sa offense,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Rain or Shine opened the conference with back-to-back losses to Air21 (96-103) and San Miguel Beer (92-97).
But on Sunday, Guiao said the Elasto Painters knew the Batang Pier will try to run them down, the reason they came in prepared with their own fastbreak schemes.
“We knew Global will play running game but our attitude was just to keep running with them. If they want to run with us, that’s fine, we’ll stretch their bench,” said Guiao.
“It’s a high-scoring ball game every time we play Global, but that works for us,” he added.
Rain or Shine shot 50 percent from the field in the game (42-of-84).
Reid finished with a near triple-double after finishing with 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Elasto Painters.
Four other local players scored in double-figures led by Jeff Chan with 19 points, Paul Lee’s 17, while Larry Rodriguez and Ryan Arana chipped in 13 and 11, respectively.
Rookie guard Terrence Romeo led the Batang Pier with 22 points while Alex Cabagnot added 21. Import Leroy Hickerson had 20.
Rain or Shine 119 - Reid 30, Chan 19, Lee 17, Rodriguez 13, Arana 11, Almazan 7, Norwood 6, Tang 5, Uyloan 4, Teng 3, Belga 2, Tiu 2, Cruz 0, Nuyles 0, Ibanes 0.
GlobalPort 97 - Romeo 22, Cabagnot 21, Hickerson 20, Washington 13, Menk 8, Macapagal 6, Garcia 5, Salva 2, Matias 0, Taha 0, Ponferada 0, Salvador 0, Sharma 0.
Quarterscores: 25-25, 50-45, 89-70, 119-97