Rain or Shine bagged its second overall title by soundly beating Alaska, 109-92, in Game 6 of the best-of-seven finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
Combo guard Paul Lee and Jericho Cruz finished with 21 and 20 points, respectively, while the 6’7 center Raymond Almazan posted 15 points to end Rain or Shine’s four-year title drought.
Center Jay-R Quiñahan notched 14 points, while rookie Maverick Ahanmisi and Jeff Chan contributed eight points each. Import Pierre Henderson-Niles had seven points and nine rebounds also for the Elasto Painters.
“I’m very thankful to all our fans who supported us throughout this conference. We will continue to work very hard to win more championships,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told the crowd during the awarding ceremony.
After a three-point play off Chris Banchero’s foul with 2:10 to go in the first quarter, Lee scored four consecutive three-point shots resulting in a 38-24 advantage at the start of second period.
Lee tallied 15 points in the first period while Alaska’s Abueva had seven points.
The Elasto Painters got an additional triple each from Chan, Almazan and Cruz in the first period.
After suffering a 23-point deficit (33-56), Alaska managed to narrow the gap, 49-59, at halftime. Abueva scored seven points in the first frame and another in second canto for a total of 14 points at halftime.
Former best import Robert Dozier had a terrible 2-of-5 in the field in the first two quarters finishing with a measly six points and six rebounds. Combo guard RJ Jazul couldn’t find his range finishing with mere five points on 1-of-4 shooting in the field.
The Elasto Painters started to control the game in the second half and were unstoppable after posting double-digit advantage during the rest of third quarter. They outscored the Aces in the third period 25-20 to keep the lead.
Cruz and Gabe Norwood took the scoring task from Lee in the third frame with seven points apiece resulting in Rain or Shine’s 84-69 lead at the start of the payoff canto.
The Elasto Painters maintained a double-digit advantage in the final quarter en route to a resounding win.
Best Player of the Conference Calvin Abueva led Alaska with 26 points plus eight rebounds; rookie Kevin Racal had 15 points while Dozier finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.