10 July 2011

Bolts 113, Painters 116

Bolts vs Painters
Coach Yeng Guiao aptly summed it in saying: "There won't be too many games like this."

Guiao's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters had a roller-coaster ride that saw them blow away a 20-point third-quarter bulge, rally from a six-point deficit in the last 15 seconds of regulation play and outlast the Meralco Bolts in overtime.

The Elasto Painters came out of the classic match triumphant, 116-113, and tied the erstwhile leaders Talk n Text Tropang Texters at second place in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on 9 July 2011.

Larry Rodriguez banged away a buzzer-beating triple to force the OT then Ronjay Buenafe sizzled coming off the bench in the extra five minutes as the Elasto Painters salvaged the game to draw level with the Texters at 4-2, just half-game behind the pacesetting Petron Blaze Boosters (5-2).

"This is big win for us. We just couldn't get breaks from the refs and we have to make our own breaks," said Guiao.

"The biggest reason we won was that we didn't give up. We had that desire to make the most out of the situation," Guiao added.

The fiery Rain or Shine mentor lauded both teams for the gallant efforts they showed in the game.

"It's a rare game where a 20-point lead is not safe as well as a six-point lead with only 15 seconds left. Both teams made an excellent effort and it so happened that we came out the winner," he said.

The Elasto Painters overcame a 95-101 deficit with 15 ticks left in regulation on back-to-back treys by Gabe Norwood and Rodriguez.

Rodriguez suffered cramps after knocking down his game-tying triple off the board.

Curiously, Buenafe came in for Rodriguez and stepped up Rain or Shine’s drive in the extension play.

The former EAC General logged seven points and three steals in reenergizing the Elasto Painters in OT.

Arizona put in double-double numbers with 22 points and 17 rebounds while Buenafe was one of four Rain or Shine locals who finished with a double-digit output.

They negated Sol Mercado's personal conference best of 37 points and Tim Pickett’s triple-double of 28 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.

Mercado and Pickett struck hardest in the third and fourth periods rallying the Bolts ahead 97-91 from a 38-58 deficit.

They appeared to have won the game as Mercado nailed two charities to make it 101-95.

Then disaster came for Meralco. (SB)

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