(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:15 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Alaska
7 p.m. -- Globalport vs. Star Hotshots
RAIN or Shine left its heartbreaking loss behind and relied on its solid game all night long to turn back Phoenix with a 116-111 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Elasto Painters avenged their 96-103 loss against San Miguel in their las outing and improved to a 5-3 win-loss record and boost their bid for a quarterfinals slot.
The Fuel Masters, on the other hand, were sent to an early vacation as they suffered their eighth straight loss for a 2-8 card.
J’Nathan Bullock once again made his presence felt for Rain or Shine, finishing with a team-high 33 points and grabbed seven rebounds and four assists.
Leading for the Painters’ locals was Raymond Almazan, who capped the night with a monster performance of 25 points and 11 rebounds.
He was later named best player of the game.
Rain or Shine’s victory also spoiled the explosive performances of Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and import Brandon Brown, who both breached the 30-point mark.
Wright finished with 36 points while Brown contributed 33 points for the Fuel Masters’ losing cause.
The Painters also gave former star Jeff Chan a rude reception in his first game against his former team.
“We’re lucky we won the game,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. “We started strong, but our energy was down in the third quarter. If we are to go further this conference, we have to see our mistakes in the third.”
The Elasto Painters were tentative at the start, although they were able to take the opening quarter by six points.
Rain or Shine finally sent their offense on motion, outplaying Phoenix 27-11, in a big scoring run as Jericho Cruz and Chris Tiu sank two triples each, giving Rain or Shine what looked like an insurmountable 54-36 lead late in the second period.
Indeed, the lead proved so unsafe, especially when playing a team so hungry for the win.
With Brown and Wright going hot, the Fuel Masters unleashed a blistering 17-to-nothing salvo and in an instant, took the driver’s seat, 70-67.
The lead did not last long as the Elasto Painters quickly retaliated behind a slam-dunking Almazan, Bullock and Cruz who conspired to give Rain or Shine a 79-72 lead.
The Fuel Masters fought the Painters on even terms from there, tying the count twice, and even took the upperhand anew at 84-83 on Wright’s triple, before Gabe Norwood ended the third period with another slam, 85-84 in favor of Rain or Shine.
Rain or Shine (116) -- Bullock 33, Almazan 25, Norwood 17, Cruz 14, Yap 9, Borboran 7, Tiu 6, Ahanmisi 5, Trollano 0, Belga 0, Matias 0.
Phoenix (111) -- Wright 36, Brown 33, Jazul 9, Wilson W. 8, Kramer 8, Intal 7, Chan 6, Lanete 2, Eriobu 2, Alolino 0, Miranda 0, Dehesa 0.
Quarterscores: 24-18, 61-45, 85-84, 116-111.