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    Rain or Shine ties series with Meralco after pulling off win in highly physical Game Two

    Apr 23, 2014
    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, left, is pacified by Commissioner Chito Salud as he tries to confront Meralco's Cliff Hodge for a hard foul on Painters rookie Raymond Almazan late in Game Two. Jerome Ascano

    RAIN or Shine stepped on the gas in the second period before holding off a late-game rally by Meralco for a 102-93 win that set the stage for a winner-take-all showdown in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Import Wayne Chism imposed his presence inside with 26 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and a personal PBA career-high six blocks to lead the Elasto Painters’ dominant Game Two performance.

    The short best-of-three series is now tied at 1-1, with the deciding game to be played on Saturday.

    Despite the rousing win, coach Yeng Guiao couldn’t hide his displeasure over what he said were numerous “non-calls” and hard fouls which the Bolts handed out during the course of the match that saw lots of bodies flying on the floor and arms swinging.

    “It was a very physical, rugged game,” said Guiao, who, spent a few minutes under the team’s goal as he waited for Meralco forward Cliff Hodge to walk his way to the dugout and tried to have a word with him.

    Guiao expressed his dismay over the way his players were being fouled by the Bolts during the course of the game, specifically the way Hodge hit big man Raymond Almazan in the face when the Rain or Shine rookie was going down for a defensive rebound during the closing seconds of the match.

    The fiery Rain or Shine coach tried to accost Hodge, but was prevented by cooler heads from both the Elasto Painters and the Bolts before he was led to the press room for the traditional post-game interview.

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    “I think there are some things that will need the attention of the league because it’s gotten really out of control,” explained the outspoken coach, whose team can advance to the semifinals with another win on Saturday.

    “Sometimes, I’m not the only guy complaining about excessive physicality, and I would be the last to complain because this is our type of game,” he said.

    “But I think punching a player in the face on a rebound play, something done by Cliff Hodge, I think that’s way out of the rules of this league,” he added.

    A total of 60 fouls were assessed on both teams.

    Rain or Shine had 47 free throw attempts, making 30, while Meralco went 22-of-35 from the foul line during the highly-physical match.

    Import Darnell Jackson led the Bolts with 21 points and 22 rebounds, but shot a horrendous 7-of-23 from the field as he struggled against Rain or Shine’s tough interior defense.

    A total of 60 fouls were assessed on both teams.

    Rain or Shine had 47 free throw attempts, making 30, while Meralco went 22-of-35 from the foul line in a highly-physical match.

    Darnell Jackson led the Bolts with 21 points and 22 rebounds, but he shot a horrendous 7-of-23 from the field against Rain or Shine’s tough interior defense.

    The scores:

    Rain or Shine (102) -- Chism 26, Arana 12, Norwood 11, Cruz 10, Tang 10, Lee 8, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Ibanes 4, Rodriguez 4, Chan 3, Almazan 2, Nuyles 2, Teng 0.

    Meralco (93) -- Jackson 21, David 19, Salvacion 18, Wilson 9, Hodge 7, Hugnatan 6, Timberlake 4, Dillinger 4, Caram 3, Sena 2, Ildefonso 0, Guevarra 0.

    Quarterscores: 22-18; 49-34; 77-66; 102-93.

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    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, left, is pacified by Commissioner Chito Salud as he tries to confront Meralco's Cliff Hodge for a hard foul on Painters rookie Raymond Almazan late in Game Two. Jerome Ascano
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