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    Paul Lee back to his best as Rain or Shine rips Meralco in fight-marred Davao game

    Nov 15, 2014

    PAUL Lee touched off a furious third-quarter surge that set the tone for Rain or Shine's 107-79 manhandling of the Meralco Bolts in a fight-marred PBA Philippine Cup road game on Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao.

    The six-foot combo guard, who finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists, opened the third period by nailing back-to-back three-pointers and a three-point play, touching off a 14-5 exchange that set off the rout, 65-43.

    The Elasto Painters, who lost coach Yeng Guiao early in the second period on successive technicals, drained five three-pointers in the third quarter alone, tearing the game apart, 85-54.

    However, game officials failed to control the physicality in the second half, leading to Rain or Shine big man Raymund Almazan and John Ferriols nearly coming to blows.

    The 6-7 Almazan actually tried to get back at Ferriols, who, just less than a minute into the fourth quarter, knocked down the reed-thin Rain or Shine slotman with an elbow.

    Cooler heads immediately intervened to keep the two sides from going after each other.

    Ferriols was eventually assessed with a flagrant foul penalty 1, while Almazan got a technical.

    The highly physical match also saw Gary David leave the game late in the third quarter with a bloodied nose while Beau Belga lost one tooth during a rebound battle in the first half.

    The Elasto Painters moved half a game behind second placer Barangay Ginebra Kings (5-1) at 5-2, their chances for one of two automatic slots in the semifinals enhanced after winning their fourth straight match.

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    On the other hand, the Bolts absorbed their first back-to-back losses of the season as they fell into a tie for sixth to seventh spots with idle GlobalPort at 3-3.

    The scores:
    Rain or Shine 107 - Lee 20, Chan 16, Jericho Cruz 15, Almazan 14, Belga 11, Tang 10, Teng 8, Uyloan 3, Ibanes 3, Quinahan 3, Norwood 2, Jervy Cruz 2  
    Meralco 79 - Macapagal 16, Dillinger 12, Caram 11, Hodge 9, Hugnatan 7, Anthony 6, Ildefonso 6, Guevarra 4,  David 4, Atkins 2, Ferriols 2, Cortez 0, Buenafe 0
    Quarterscores:  27-19  51-38  87-56  107-79
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