MANILA, Philippines – “Winning against Barako Bull is big for us,” said Rain or Shine head Coach Yeng Guiao as they managed to show their unleashing power and able to regain their old tempo to paint a 120-93 victory against the surging Barako Bull Energy Cola on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup.
“Winning against Barako Bull is big for us as a lot of teams are going to be bunched up; winning big against them is also important as the quotient will be important,” Guiao said.
Despite the absence of their key players Paul Lee, who suffered from an injury, and Chris Tiu, Rain or Shine still able to recover from a tough 76-82 loss against Meralco Bolts last Friday to tie their victim’s slate at 4-3 (win-loss).
In Thundery night, Rain or Shine turned sizzling and started strong early in the game setting a 12-0 run against the drained Barako Bull squad. The Energy Cola, however, finally got on board with a strong basket from Michael Singletary at 7:52 in the first quarter.
Moreover, Gilas Pilipinas warriors Gabby Norwood and Jeff Chan delivered commendable performances to help their team grabbed the win.
Chan finally revived his touch leading all scorers with 20 jagged by 4-of-5 three-pointers.
Norwood, on the other hand, chiseled 11 points counting a slam to give his team a big 29 point lead, 120- 91, with 1:10 left to play. Norwood also snatched seven assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Meanwhile, AZ Reid top scored for the RoS having a game-high 34 points.
“Barako Bull has been playing well and we prepared really hard, knowing this was a big game. Medyo masama ang opensa namin before this game and our offense was really awful. I just asked the guys to look to score and it paid off; i asked them to forget about the stats, about the misses, and the losses in the past few games,” said Coach Yeng.
E- Painters ended up having 50 percent of their shot attempts, while restraining Barako Bull to just 38.9 percent shooting. RoS also had four extra steals and blocks compared to their adversaries.
Energy Colas vacillated in their effort to move up to solo second spot, deteriorating to spare their exertions in 98-97 landslide over Globalport on Sunday.
Rain or Shine 120 – Reid 34, Chan 20, Uyloan 12, Rodriguez 12, Norwood 11, Arana 10, Matias 8, Cruz 7, Tang 4, Ibanes 2, Jaime 0, Belga 0, Quinahan 0
Barako Bull 93 – Singletary 31, Seigle 19, Macapagal 9, Jensen 7, Cruz 7, Buenafe 6, Weinstein 5, Monfort 2, Intal 2, Gonzales 2, Pena 2, Villanueva 1, Marcelo 0, Bulawan 0, Pennisi 0
Quarter scoring: 27-19, 58-40, 86-64, 120-93
Alfred Mark L. Rosete
ABCom, Leyte Normal University