From import Pierre Henderson-Niles, to the local mainstays that absorbed a heartbreaking defeat in the finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last season, there is one thing in common to all of them – they are hungry to win a championship.
Rain or Shine booked the first finals berth in the Oppo Commissioner’s Cup following a dominant 124-99 win in Game 4 to eliminate San Miguel Beer in their best-of-five semifinal series Sunday night.
“I have two reasons to win it,” the burly 6-foot-8 Henderson-Niles told reporters after the game. “First is, I didn’t win in the NCAA finals. Second, I have to win it for my homeboy Wayne Chism.”
“I hope we make it two for one,” added Henderson-Niles, whose record improved to 6-1 since replacing Mo Charlo as the fourth reinforcement of Rain or Shine. Henderson-Niles is referring to the 2008 NCAA Finals game where the Memphis Tigers, where he played as a sophomore, lost to the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime (75-68). As for his link with Chism, the original import of ROS who injured his right hamstring early in the elims and was with the team that lost to Tropang TNT in last year’s finals, the two Americans are from Tennessee. Chism is from Jackson while Henderson-Niles is a native of Memphis. Most of the Rain or Shine players and the coaching staff led by coach Yeng Guiao absorbed a painful 121-119 double overtime loss to TNT in Game 7 of last year’s series.
Aside from that, the team also lost to TNT during the 2013 Philippine Cup, and against the Star Hotshots (formerly San Mig Coffee) during the 2014 Philippine Cup and Governors’ Cup, after winning their first – and so far – only title in the 2012 Governors’ Cup....
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles was the picture of confidence after he helped the Elasto Painters overwhelm San Miguel Beer, 124-99, in their PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal game on Sunday to clinch a Finals seat.
The burly Henderson-Niles, who replaced Mo Charlo late in the elimination round, contributed a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, while again helping to limit SMB center June Mar Fajardo in the series clincher.
Rain or Shine will now play either Meralco and Alaska in the Finals, but Henderson-Niles is unconcerned about who their opponent will be....
“I can’t be stopped,” said Henderson-Niles after notching a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds to help his team boot out San Miguel Beer in Game 4 of their semifinals series with a 124-99 rout on Sunday. “Each game, I’m going to get better, getting in shape. Once I get in shape, nobody’s going to stop me in the post.”
And with the Elasto Painters formally in the championship round, the former Memphis Tiger is hellbent on taking the title for his team....
After toppling giants Slaughter, Fajardo, Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles feels he ‘can’t be stopped’
Henderson-Niles – Rain or Shine’s fourth import in the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup – helped his team hurdle Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and its 7-foot-tall center Greg Slaughter in the quarterfinals before battling with reigning back-to-back PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo as Rain or Shine knocked out the San Miguel Beermen, 3-1, in the semifinals.
Now that they’re through to the Finals, Henderson-Niles’ confidence is skyrocketing....
Bucking injury woes that haunted him this season, Lee showed the way, pouring 10 of his 18 points in the pivotal second period to help Rain or Shine pull away for a 124-99 rout over San Miguel to advance to the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
“Happy,” the Gilas Pilipinas star said. “Buwenas kasi akalain mo na dito pa lumabas yung best game ko. Happy lang na ganun yung nilaro ko. Pero hindi lang naman ako eh. Buong team, talagang binuhos lahat para manalo.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||12||5||0.706|
|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|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|