Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan has worked hard to get back into playing shape after suffering an illness a few months before the start of the season and it’s beginning to pay off for the lanky, 6-foot-8 sophomore.
Almazan was diagnosed with hepatitis during the offseason and it took a big toll on his body, with his weight dropping from his usual 200 lbs to just 180.
But he’s back on top of his game now, as he showed in his team’s win over the Blackwater Elite on Friday, scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and providing his usual defensive presence in the paint.
The former Letran Knight admitted that although he knows that he put in the work to return to tiptop condition, he was surprised that he was able to perform that way so soon....
Guiao’s squad shot a horrendous 0-for-25 from beyond the arc and had to dig themselves out of a 15-point deficit before clinching the win over the expansion team.
“We have to give credit to their defense. At the same time, I don’t think we’re that bad a shooting team from the three-point area. We have nights like this. On bad nights like this, you just have to find ways to win,” the coach said in a postgame interview....
Norwood played 18 minutes for the Elasto Painters and scored seven points, including a runaway dunk that made the audience erupt in the second half.
"I felt pretty good, a little tired now. More tired than I usually am. Hopefully just continue to improve every game," Norwood said....
“I think Paul can play in the next game,” Guiao told a group of sportswriters following his team’s victory over expansion team Blackwater on Friday.
Rain or Shine plays Kia next Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum....
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escaped what was nearly a huge upset after falling behind by as much as 15 points before pulling through in the fourth quarter to defeat expansion club Blackwater, 82-75, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
With Rain or Shine’s outside shooting deserting them in this game, they trailed by double figures, 53-38, midway through the third quarter.
But the Elasto Painters picked things up in a dominant fourth quarter where they scored 31 points while giving up only 15 on the other end....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||1||1||0.500|
|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|
|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|