Rain or Shine bounced back from its Game 1 loss by posting a 105-97 win over defending champion San Miguel Beer on Thursday in the best-of-seven semifinals of Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Shooting guard Jeff Chan notched 16 points including two three-point shots in the fourth quarter allowing his team to even the semifinals series 1-1.
“It is almost the same story all over again but fortunately for us it got a different ending,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “If we’re down 0-2, this series is over. Now we are starting all over again, it gives us confidence that we can lead SMB by 25 points.”
“It gives us confidence that we have a chance in this series, everybody made a contribution, what is important is keeping the pace fast to our liking. We had to keep Fajardo working, we have to make life difficult for Fajardo.”
Rookie Don Trollano posted 13 points via 5-of-6 shooting in the field while the 6’6 JR Quinahan contributed 12 points and eight rebounds also for Rain or Shine. Paul Lee, who finished with only eight points in Game 1, posted 11 points plus seven rebounds and three assists in Game 2.
Raymond Almazan and Jericho Cruz contributed 10 points each with six and nine rebounds, respectively, for the Elasto Painters.
June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel Beer with 38 points and 17 rebounds.
The Elasto Painters, led by the 6’10 Fajardo, started hot in the first quarter establishing a 16-point lead 31-15 by the end of first frame.
They maintained their composure throughout the entire second period to keep their double-digit advantage at halftime 49-34.
San Miguel Beer fought valiantly in the third period reducing Rain or Shine’s lead to only eight, but Cruz scored six points during the last three minutes to reclaim the lead, 79-65, entering into the payoff period.
The Beermen, relying heavily on Fajardo’s prowess in the shaded lane, narrowed the gap to only 10 with less than three minutes left in the game, but the Elasto Painters did not relent until they claimed the victory.
Meanwhile, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva and teammate Vic Manuel were slapped with huge fines for their involvement in an altercation in Game 2 of the other semifinals battle between the Aces and the Batang Pier on Wednesday.
Abueva was fined P 41,600 by the PBA for the following violations: instigating a commotion, second motion, confronting PBA Vice-Chairman and GlobalPort Governor Eric Arejola, Anthony Semerad and Anthony Jay Washington.
Manuel was fined P11,600 for hitting Washington twice and for his second motion. Alaska veteran shooting guard Dondon Hontiveros was also fined P1,000 for his first technical foul in the conference.
Alaska assistant coaches Monch Gavieres, Louie Alas, Jeffrey Cariaso and head coach Alex Compton were also fined P5,000 each for leaving the bench during the altercation.
GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan and head coach Pido Jarencio were fined P5,000 also for leaving the bench during the altercation. Washington was fined P4,000 for committing a second and third technical foul in the 2016 Philippine Cup.
GlobalPort players Semerad, Joseph Yeo and veteran Dorian Pena were fined P1,000 each for committing technical fouls.
Alaska won over GlobalPort 100-76, in Game 2 to even the series 1-1.
Game 3 will be at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City today at 7 p.m.