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    Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism holds no grudge against Dillinger after hard foul

    Apr 24, 2014

    IMPORT Wayne Chism was candid enough to say the physicality in the PBA has increased his patience of late.

    The 6-foot-8 wide-bodied Rain or Shine import said he had to endure the hacking, holding, grabbing, and tackling during the first two games of the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series against Meralco.

    “Yeah, I got a lot of patience out there. Even though they (teammates) still tell me to keep my head, but I’m smiling a lot now,” Chism told as he relished the one-day break after leading Rain or Shine to a 102-93 win on Wednesday night to tie the series at 1-all and force a rubber match against the Bolts on Saturday.

    Chism got knocked down several times during the rugged encounter against Meralco in Game Two.

    One play saw Chism getting a hard foul from Meralco forward Jared Dillinger while the Elasto Painters import was going up for a fastbreak layup, knocking down the former Tennesse big man and drawing a howl of protest from the Rain or Shine bench.

    “It’s a lot more physical than I expected it was, just this physical. But I just try to keep my head as we play along,” said the soft-spoken Rain or Shine reinforcement, who came in to replace Alex McLean.

    Nonetheless, Chism said he holds no grudge against the left-handed Dillinger, who incidentally had to leave the game early in the third period after hurting his back during the highly-physical collision.

    “It (collision with Dillinger) was a strong play. He doesn’t want me to score a layup, but it was a good physical play,” he recalled. “I got nothing against him and I wish him well.”

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    Chism fired 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds, six blocks, and five steals in a solid defensive effort.

    The Elasto Painters will try to complete their comeback from a 0-1 series deficit with another win on Saturday to advance to the semifinals.

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