ONE team had a different import; the other had the same result.
Wayne Chism heralded his arrival with a solid outing to tow Rain or Shine to a 99-75 victory over hapless GlobalPort on Monday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Alex McLean’s replacement bucked early foul trouble, before returning to finish with 17 points, 16 boards, five assists, and two blocks, while gaining significant support from the locals for the Elasto Painters to even their win-loss card at 3-3 (win-loss), forcing a logjam with four teams.
They also kept the Batang Pier the only winless team at 0-7.
“It’s a good way to break in our import,” Painters coach Yeng Guiao said. “We had scary moments in the first quarter where he (Chism) had two quick fouls, but he learns fast.”
“Once he makes adjustments, he’s only going to get better,” the fiery mentor added of Chism, who has been with the Elasto Painters for less than a week. “And the locals responded.”
Paul Lee pumped in 21 points, including five triples, while rookie Raymond Almazan registered a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as the two led all Rain or Shine local scorers. show.
Lee and Almazan had 11 and seven markers, respectively, in the first canto where Batang Pier import Evan Brock had 14 of his own as the Elasto Painters held a precarious 29-26 lead.
Rain or Shine broke the game wide open in the second quarter where the perennial title contender established a double-digit lead they never relinquished.
Brock finished with a game-high 25 points, on top of 13 boards, and two blocks that all went to waste.
Alex Cabagnot hit a short jumper that kept Globalport within 28-29 early in the second quarter, but wound up with just seven points as he struggled to score once again.
RAIN OR SHINE (99) – Lee 21, Chism 17, Almazan 13, Tiu 10, Belga 9, Norwood 9, Arana 6, Cruz 4, Uyloan 2, Chan 2, Nuyles 2, Ibanes 2, Rodriguez 2, Tang 0, Teng 0.
GLOBALPORT (75) – Brock 25, Washington 14, Matias 10, Cabagnot 7, Garcia 6, Chua 4, Salva 4, Sharma 4, Romeo 1, Yee 0, Ponferrada 0, Salvador 0, Macapagal 0.
Quarterscores: 29-26; 51-38; 75-62; 99-75.