Painters gun for second win

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OPENING day winner Rain or Shine tries to snatch its second straight win and solo leadership when it faces Meralco Bolts today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

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The Elasto Painters, fresh from their 87-74 triumph over Alaska Aces at the University of Southeasten Philippines gym in Davao City last Sunday, take on Meralco at 5:45 p.m. while San Mig Coffee Mixers clash against Alaska in the nighcap at 8 p.m.

Coach Yeng Guiao is expected to field no. 3 overall pick Raymond Almazan, who was sidelined in their first game to gain the needed rest following a tight battle in the 89th NCAA Finals between Letran and San Beda College Red Lions.

San Mig, the newly crowned Governor’s cup titlist, lost its opening assignment against Ginebra Kings 68-86 also Sunday and coach Tim Cone hopes to bounce back to surge into the win column. Alaska, on the other hand, bowed to Rain or Shine and coach Luigi Trillo also wants redemption.

Frank Calapre

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