The Elasto Painters are the league’s model of consistency having made the playoffs the past 12 conferences, including nine consecutive semifinals appearances.
But Rain or Shine’s string of successful campaigns came to a crashing end after getting the boot following a disappointing 105-94 loss to Phoenix for the right to claim to the last quarterfinals ticket.
“It’s been extremely tough. In all aspects, it’s been frustrating,” Norwood told reporters. “Just never really found a rhythm which you thought would come naturally after winning a championship—just step right back on the court and pick up where you left off. Just never really happened for us.”...
Naturally, this has got to hurt the Elasto Painters who won the Commissioner’s Cup before suffering a slump in the Governors’ Cup.
But Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao preferred to use this heartbreak to motivate his players....
MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said yesterday the new FIBA competition format of six home-and-away windows over a two year period to qualify for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics will require a “permanent solution” with the SBP to choose the best players for the national team.
Narvasa said the PBA Board of Governors is solidly behind the SBP’s efforts in forming the most competitive Gilas team possible. “Every PBA player will be available for Gilas,” he said. “I think it should be mandatory for a player to join Gilas if he is chosen because this is for our country. FIBA will inform us of the schedule of the six qualifying windows and the PBA will work around that timetable.”
Narvasa said at the moment, he is leaning towards a common draft for all players on Oct. 30. An option is to hold a split draft where players in the Gilas pool are selected separately from others. That would mean only the rights to the Gilas players will be assigned and they may join the PBA only after their release from the national team....
It’s the end of the line for Rain or Shine (ROS) as Phoenix grabbed the remaining ticket to the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs via a 105-94 beating of the Elasto Painters on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters could not find a way to stop Eugene Phelps as the Fuel Masters’ import riddled Rain or Shine’s defense with 40 points to go with his 14 rebounds and six assists.
Josh Urbiztondo also fired away with 23 points, while leading Phoenix to its first playoffs appearance....
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is making sure players are aware of the gravity of contact on the landing spot by recently issuing a fresh memorandum calling attention to the commission of flagrant fouls with particular mention of the rule. Narvasa says it’s not just to protect a shooter who’s airborne but also any player in mid-air whether he’s in the act of shooting or passing or rebounding or defending or whatever. The consideration is a player must be off his feet.
No doubt, contact on the landing spot is dangerous and could lead to serious injury. In the ongoing Governors Cup, players who’ve been whistled for this infraction were James White on Sol Mercado, A. J. Mandani on Jimmy Alapag, Maverick Ahanmisi on Arwind Santos, Kris Rosales on Mahmoud Abdeen, Jason Forte on Henry Walker, Allen Durham on Jericho Cruz and Jewel Ponferada on Aldrech Ramos and Mark Yee. Each player paid a fine of P7,500 for the flagrant foul. Ponferada coughed up P17,500 for his two fouls.
Clarifying the rule, Narvasa explains that “a defender who lunges forward and lands more than half a foot from his take-off point and the shooter lands on the defender’s foot, a flagrant foul penalty 1 is called…if the shooter is injured and has to be substituted, the penalty 1 will be upgraded to penalty 2.” Narvasa says an airborne player must be given the chance or space to land safely and the landing spot rule is applicable not only on a shooting situation but also during passing, rebounding and jumpball situations....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||12||7||0.632||3rd|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||9||7||0.562||3rd|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||15||7||0.682||Runn er-up|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|