Rain or Shine deals hapless Mahindra an ugly beating on James Yap debut
James Yap makes his debut for Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO - In a dead-ball situation in the third, Mahindra consultant Joe Lipa sarcastically requested the mop man to use his cleaning tool to check if something was obstructing the Floodbuster ring in obvious frustration over his team’s failure to put the ball through the hoop.

That summed up the night for the Floodbuster as Rain or Shine kept them winless after coasting to a 105-83 victory in a PBA Philippine Cup road game at the Ynares Center.

The Elasto Painters fired on all cylinders early as they built a lead that ballooned to nearly 50 points in the third quarter to cruise to their second straight win.

Jericho Cruz and Maverick Ahanmisi led the way with 14 points apiece, while James Yap also scored in twin digits in his debut for the E-Painters.

Not even scoring 20 unanswered points in one stretch of the fourth could save the Floodbuster from an ugly beating as they suffered a second straight defeat.

“If we play like we did in the first three quarters, we’re going to be okay,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said. “But we could’ve done a better job in the fourth.”

“I told them we shouldn’t be looking at the score, because we’re also preparing for the next games,” the young mentor added.

The E-Painters, after establishing their biggest lead at 49, 98-49, following an Ahanmisi three-pointer, allowed the Floodbuster to go on a 20-0 run to at least make the score respectable.

With most of his players unable to deliver, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina plucked third-string guard Philip Paniamogan who scored all his 10 points to lead the surge that was the silver lining in another hapless evening for the sophomore franchise.

Yap finished with 10 points, including two three-pointers, the last that put the two-time league MVP in fifth place in the all-time three-pointers list ahead of Al Solis.

Gary David, expected to add punch to the Floodbuster offense, could only contribute a measly point after missing all his nine shots in 11 minutes off the bench in his own debut.

The scores: 

Rain or Shine 105 – Cruz 15, Ahanmisi 14, Tiu 11, Yap 10, Belga 8, Tolomia 8, Chan 7, Almazan 6, Norwood 6, Maiquez 5, Washington 5, Trollano 4, Ibanes 3, Ponferada 3, Matias 0

MAHINDRA 83 – Escoto 10, Mallari 10, Paniamogan 10, Guevarra 9, Eriobu 8, Arana 7, Yee 6, Celda 5, Nimes 4, Revila 4, Apinan 3, Deutchman 3, Salva 3, David 1, Ballesteros 0

Quarterscores: 26-16, 61-32, 92-48, 105-83

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