RAIN or Shine ended the year with a barrage of three-point bombs as it routed a listless San Mig five, 101-77 to stay in the hunt for a top-two finish in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup eliminations on Sunday.
Paul Lee, Jeff Chan and big man JR Quinahan converted three or more three-point bombs apiece in a brilliant show of outside marksmanship that broke the backs of the Mixers and silenced their fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.
So disappointed was San Mig coach Tim Cone that he refused to speak to his player during huddles, letting his assistant coaches led by Jeff Cariaso run the team in the second half with little success.
Paul Lee scored 15 points while going 5-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc while Chan and Quinahan each had three triples in an awesome display of outside shooting two days before the New Year.
“This is the best way for us to end the year. We just gave ourselves a New Year’s gift while we also caught San Mig Coffee on a night when I felt they were mentally down,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said after the team's third straight win for a 7-3 mark.
Rookie center Raymond Almazan posted his first career double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while adding two blocks as he started in place for Beau Belga, who sat out for the second straight game due to a bout with measles.
San Mig, which fell to 3-7, was led by James Yap's 16 points.