31 October 2011

Bolts 95, Painters 139

Mercado vs Lee
Through a barrage of three-point shots, Rain or Shine buried Meralco on Sunday night (29 October 2011) and completed a mind-boggling 139-95 rout in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

In registering the highest output and field goal percentage in franchise history, the Painters nailed an all-time league best of 22 three-pointers since the PBA went back to the old and farther three-point line during the 2009-2010 season.

The output was just one trey short of matching the 23 established twice by reigning champion Talk 'N Text in 2007-08 and 2008-09, when the league adopted the three-point line under FIBA rules.

Rain or Shine already have 13 three-pointers at the half, by which time the team already had the game well under control, 68-41.

"I haven’t seen a game like this in a long time," said coach Yeng Guiao, obviously still amazed at how well his team shot the lights out against a Meralco unit that prides itself with playing good defense.

“The whole team was in a zone and I didn’t expect this from the start. Nagulat kami. Kahit kami hindi namin akalain," he added.

In all, the Painters sizzled from the floor behind a 66 shooting percentage (53-of-80), also a franchise record.

Ronjay Buenafe instigated Rain or Shine’s breakaway in the opening half by pouring 15 of his 24 points in the second quarter, even as Paul Lee had the better end of his match-up with Meralco's Sol Mercado with his 19-point, seven-rebound, six-assist effort.

Jeff Chan contributed 20 points and Beau Belga capped his 14-point performance with a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Rain or Shine improved to 5-1 (win-loss) and regained the solo lead in the season-opening meet, while Meralco fell to a 4-3 (win-loss) slate.

The Bolts’ trademark defense was hardly in display as the Painters even led by as many as 101-56 late in the third period.

Mac Cardona had 25 points, Nerlbert Omolon 13, and Mercado 12 for the Bolts, who suffered the worst loss in franchise history. - KBK, GMA News

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