RAIN or Shine pounced on a similarly shorthanded TNT KaTropa, coasting to a 105-73 victory to build some momentum in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Facing a Texters side that was missing Gilas Pilipinas standouts Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario, the Elasto Painters started strong and never let up on the way to the most lopsided result this conference.
J’Nathan Bullock and Jericho Cruz led the balanced effort of the E-Painters, who were also missing national players Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood, yet looked like they hardly missed their services.
The E-Painters thus registered a third straight victory as they spoiled the debut of new TNT import Glen Rice Jr., dealing their victims their second loss in four games.
“Everybody was on the same page,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said. “At the start of the game, the intensity was high. Everybody stepped up.”
Bullock registered 20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 34 minutes, scoring 10 of his output in the third quarter where they sustained their first-half onslaught.
Jericho Cruz added 14 points, five boards, five assists, and one steal in just 26 minutes as he took over in the final frame where he scored eight of his output to add insult to injury to the Texters, while Jewel Ponferrada, Mark Borboran, and James Yap were the other players who scored in twin digits.
Seldom-used Billy Robles also joined the scoring party, converting a layup to the delight of his teammates on the bench that gave the E-Painters their biggest lead at 99-66 with a little over four minutes to go.
Rice was hardly impressive as Michael Craig Jr.’s replacement as the son and namesake of the former NBA star finished with just 19 points on 6-of-22 shooting, eight boards, four steals, and three assists, against five turnovers in 27 minutes of play.
ROS 105 – Bullock 20, Cruz 14, Ponferada 12, Borboran 11, Yap 10, Ahanmisi 9, Trollano 7, Tiu 6, Belga 5, Robles 4, King 3, Matias 2, Daquioag 2, Maiquez 0
TNT 73 – Rice Jr. 19, De Ocampo 11, Hernandez 11, Williams 8, Lingganay 6, Tautuaa 5, Garcia 4, Reyes 3, Nuyles 3, Tamsi 2, Carey 1, Golla 0
Quarterscores: 30-14, 49-32, 77-58, 105-73