The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters kept pace with the early season leaders after clinching a win over the Barako Bull Energy, 110-104, in SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup action on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Jericho Cruz scored a team-high 19 points while Jeff Chan had 18 – 11 of those in a big fourth quarter – to lead the Elasto Painters to a fifth win in six games.
Jewel Ponferada held the fort down low for Rain or Shine, posting 18 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbing 13 big rebounds for a double-double.
Rain or Shine allowed Barako Bull to hang around for three quarters but opened the fourth with a big run that put the Energy in a 16-point hole that they just could not climb out of despite a late rally....
MANILA, Philippines – Having gone nearly all over the country, the annual PBA All-Star spectacle breaks new ground as it holds its first foray abroad, bringing cheers, fun and excitement to OFWs in Dubai next year.
PBA business development director Rhose Montreal said they have had an agreement with a Dubai organizing group for the staging of the 2016 PBA All-Star event in the UAE capital city on March 4-6.
The PBA has been drawing sellout crowds of Filipino workers in Dubai which the local pro league has been frequenting for years now, the latest, only a few weeks back, featuring Alaska Milk in back-to-back games versus Mahindra and Barangay Ginebra....
The Energy Cola nearly toppled the San Miguel Beermen, which escaped via Arwind Santos’ heroics last Sunday. Guiao thinks the Elasto Painters might go through a similar path when they tackle Barako Bull.
“They have a really pesky set of guards who can pull the rug from under you. They have improved a great deal from last year,” said the Rain or Shine coach on the PBA website....
Allado, a 6’6″ big man out of La Salle, first played for Alaska where he was tapped as a direct-hire in 1999. He went on to suit up for Talk ‘N Text, Barako Bull, Meralco and most recently Star. He had career averages of 7.53 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.23 assists.
“16 years ago today, I embarked on a journey in professional basketball not knowing what would be in store for me. The memories of perseverance, hard work, discipline, preparation, victories, setbacks & adventures will forever be engraved in my heart,” Allado said in a statement....
The Barako Bull Energy have shown some character in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup and head coach Koy Banal traces some of that back to the veteran players the team recently acquired through trades.
Their game on Sunday was no different with Barako Bull coming close to notching a three-game winning streak before San Miguel’s Arwind Santos saved the day for the defending champions with a tip-in with six-tenths of a second remaining.
“We were right there in the game. It just proved that a team can do a lot of things if everybody will be on the same page,” Banal told InterAksyon.com in an interview....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||3||4||0.429|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||6||6||0.500||6th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||7th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|