The Globalport Batang Pier squandered a double-digit advantage they built in the second half, but hung on long enough to defeat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-88, on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in the 2013-14 PBA Philippine Cup.
Jay Washington was named the Best Player of the Game with 20 points and 13 boards. He was also perfect from the line, going 8-for-8, though he was just 5-of-16 from the field.
The Batang Pier tallied back-to-back wins, beating Meralco last Friday as well, to even their card at 3-3. The Elasto Painters on the other hand absorbed just their second loss to fall to 4-2.
Mercado led the charge for Globalport at the start of the payoff period, as the Batang Pier matched Rain or Shine's point production. Midway through the period, Lee and Belga teamed up with timely hits for a five-point swing, slicing the GlobalPort lead in half, 84-79....
Lee fired 26 points in the Elasto Painters’ win on Friday over San Mig Coffee, breaking out of a mini-slump in his first four games. He will go toe-to-toe with another young spitfire Terrence Romeo, the sensational GlobalPort rookie who is coming off the worst game of his early PBA career last Friday over Meralco.
But Rain or Shine cannot afford to ignore GlobalPort’s veteran stars, after Sol Mercado and Jay Washington combined for 30 points in the Batang Pier’s victory over the Bolts....
“Kahit ako nagtataka rin na kung bakit nung unang conference ko grabe ako umatake, kahit sino inaatake ko,” said Lee. “Inisip ko lang siya parati lately and ibinalik ko ulit sa laro ko.”
It proved to be effective as Lee broke out for 26 points in the Elasto Painters’ victory on Friday night against San Mig Coffee, easily his best game of the season after averaging just 7.8 points in Rain or Shine’s first four matches....
Paul Lee scored eight straight points entering the final two minutes of the game as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters quelled a late run by the San Mig Coffee Mixers for an 86-83 victory, Friday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee had 26 points, scoring all but three in the opening and closing frames, making 5-of-9 three pointers and 10-of-15 shooting overall. Jeff Chan supplied 11 points, four rebounds and five assists.
The first thing that Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao did after the game was to praise the Mixers' gutsy play:...
The Mixers are hoping that their recent victory against Air21 will help build their momentum in the tournament.
“We don’t care whether it’s an ugly win or a beautiful win, we just need to come out with a win,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone in the league’s official website after seeing his team drop three straight games before nailing its first win....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||4||2||0.667|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||4th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||6th|
|2010-2011 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||8th|