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SPORTS: PBA: For all the marbles: Painters force winner-take-all Game 5 against Mixers

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For all the marbles: Painters force winner-take-all Game 5 against Mixers

By Carlo Pamintuan | Yahoo PH Sports - 13 hours ago


Yahoo PH Sports - Gabe Norwood grabs the rebound against the Mixers. (PBA/Nuki Sabio)

The red, blue, and yellow balloons were waiting to drop for the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers. The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made sure those would stay there for two more days as they forced a winner-take-all Game 5 with an 88-79 win, Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Painters showed the Mixers that they already learned their lesson from their Game 1 defeat. Holding a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Rain or Shine scored on timely hits to keep the Mixers away.

Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao said after Game 3 that their import Arizona Reid could not do it alone. In Game 4, four Rain or Shine locals scored in double digits with Jonathan Uyloan adding eight. This time, San Mig Super Coffee only had two players in double digits.

Marqus Blakely had 21 points and 17 rebounds. James Yap had the worst outing of the series so far but he still managed to score 12 points on 3 of 10 shooting from the field. Marc Pingris struggled throughout the game with only four points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.

Seldom used Jonathan Uyloan gave the Painters an auspicious start as he nailed a triple early in the second quarter. He scored another triple moments later and completed his haul with a layup to give Rain or Shine the momentum. Gabe Norwood then added a couple of and-a plays and his own three while Arizona Reid swished two more triples to give the Painters a huge 53-33 lead with 2:07 left in the first half.

The Mixers responded to cut the Painters' lead somewhat to 15 points at 53-38 heading into the break.
San Mig Super Coffee wasted no time in trying to trim Rain or Shine’s lead. The Mixers got it down to six points but the Painters connected with timely triples to keep their heads above water. Down by 11 at 63-52, James Yap made three free throws off a Beau Belga foul and a Jireh Ibanes technical foul to cut the lead down to eight with three minutes left in the third.

Rain or Shine however made a counter run at the end of the third quarter, taking advantage of Blakely’s four fouls and an array of turnovers, to grab a 69-55 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Main Man: Arizona Reid was still the main man for the Painters as he scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

Honorable Mentions: Paul Lee and Gabe Norwood both played big as they chipped in 14 points each in the game but it was Jonathan Uyloan’s unexpected eight points in the second quarter that gave the Painters the momentum.

Game Turning Point: The Mixers still had a chance to keep the game close late in the fourth quarter. However, PJ Simon threw an alley oop pass for Marqus Blakely instead of going up for the layup. Blakely missed and Beau Belga made them pay with a layup on the other end to put the game away.

They Said It:

Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao: It’s really just simple formula. We played a lot harder than Game 3. As long as we play with energy and intensity, we’ll have a chance at winning the game. We played a lot better defense today but it’s really just postponing their party. We’re hoping to cancel it on Wednesday. We’ll go back to practice tomorrow and prepare for Wednesday. It’s very difficult to sustain and maintain that kind of intensity but we hope we can do it on Wednesday.

San Mig Super Coffee head coach: They played great. They hit shots. They spread their shots a lot. We gave up too many open looks with our defense. We seemed a step slow tonight. Sayang. We had a chance to close this game out tonight but now we’re in for a 50-50 game. Frankly, I’m not surprised by tonight at all. They’re a mentally tough team and they respond well. Hats off to them. They just beat us up today.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 88 - Reid 22, Lee 14, Norwood 14, Belga 11, Arana 10, Uyloan 8, Almazan 3, Cruz 2, Tiu 2, Chan 2, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0.

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 79 - Blakely 21, Yap 12, Devance 9, Sangalang 8, Simon 8, Barroca 7, Maliksi 6, Pingris 4, Taha 2, Melton 2, Mallari 0, Reavis 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 53-38, 69-55, 88-79

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