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    Rain or Shine regains firepower in 21-point beatdown over Phoenix to snap skid

    Jan 17, 2018
    James Yap had his best game of the season with 20 points against Phoenix. Marlo Cueto

    RAIN or Shine didn’t take long to regain its firepower as it overwhelmed Phoenix, 120-99, to get back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Firing blanks in their eight-point loss to GlobalPort last Friday when they could only score 70 points, the Elasto Painters found their targets from the get go against the Fuel Masters, unleashing a 39-13 salvo in the first quarter on the way to the lopsided victory.

    Ed Daquioag made the most of a starting gig as the sophomore guard registered 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, five boards, five assists, one steal, and one block before having to leave following a bad fall in the third quarter.

    James Yap, Dexter Maiquez, and the returning Chris Tiu also contributed significantly in the balanced effort as the E-Painters snapped a two-game skid and improved to a 2-2 win-loss card to tie the Fuel Masters in the standings.

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    “I think the players just wanted to win today,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said. “We played two bad games and we got two losses. I told them after the loss against Global that that's not the team I know. I told them I want a running team.”

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    “We just simplified some things in our offense and fixed our spacing,” he added. “I just hope that we continue doing the same thing like what we did today.”

    Trailing, 5-4, early in the first quarter, the E-Painters scattered 14 unanswered points, capped by a Tiu layup, to open the floodgates that the Fuel Masters failed to cover up.

    Tiu returned from a one-game layoff due to sore knee with a bang, finishing 17 points, seven assists, four boards, and two steals, while Maiquez continued to provide a spark off the bench with 18 points and one rebound in just 16 minutes off the bench.

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    Yap heated up after the first period and scored all his 20 points – on 8-of-10 shooting – in the last three quarters, on top of six boards, and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins led the Fuel Masters with 17 points apiece, but both standouts poured their offense a little bit too late.

    The scores:

    ROS 120 – Daquioag 21, Yap 20, Maiquez 18, Tiu 17, Nambatac 11, Ponferada 10, Borboran 4, Norwood 4, Trollano 3, Belga 2, Matias 0

    PHOENIX 99 – Wright 17, Perkins 17, Alolino 12, Chan 11, Dehesa 11, Intal 10, Eriobu 7, Kramer 5, Jazul 5, Mendoza 2, Wilson 2, Chua 0, Revilla 0

    Quarterscores: 39-13, 57-40, 98-67, 120-99

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