RAIN or Shine showed flashes of chemistry with its rejigged lineup as it got back on track and added to the misery of Kia with a 94-86 decision in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Fielding three new three players including their import, the new-look Elasto Painters also saw a change in fortune as they snapped a two-game skid after holding off a late rally by the Picanto.
J’Nathan Bullock put up a solid debut with 20 points, 10 boards, two blocks, and two steals that negated his seven turnovers and few other questionable decisions, while Chris Tiu proved to be the glue guy for the transitioning team as he chipped in 13 points, eight assists, five boards, and one steal, against only one turnover in almost 31 minutes off the bench.
Local newcomers Mark Borboran and Ed Daquioag also fared decently in their first game for the E-Painters, who kept the Picanto winless in six games.
“They only played one week together, but I think mabilis naman sila naka-pick up,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said after the game.
Daquioag squeezed the most of his 10 minutes and 30 seconds on the floor as he poured in eight points after making all his three shots, along with two boards, while Borboran contributed five points, five boards, one assist, one block, and zero turnover in almost 24 minutes.
Beau Belga was the other ROS player in double-digit scoring with 12 points along with three boards and one assist in less than 13 minutes of play as the veteran enforcer got ejected halfway through the third quarter following a flagrant foul on Jason Ballesteros.
Markeith Cummings led the Picanto with a game-high 30 points, including two on a jumper that pulled Kia to within five points, 87-82, with a little less than two minutes remaining in the game, although that was the closest they got.
Rain or Shine 94 – Bullock 20, Tiu 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 8, Ponferrada 7, Trollano 6, Maiquez 6, Yap 5, Borboran 5, King 5, Cruz 4, Ahanmisi 3
KIA 86 - Cummings 30, Celda 15, Revilla 11, Corpuz 10, Deutchman 10, Nimes 3, Khobuntin 3, Yee 2, Ballesteros 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Caperal 0, Jaime 0
Quarterscores: 21-17, 44-36, 71-59, 94-86