The Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters gun for a seat in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they battle the Meralco Bolts at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio
The streaking Elasto Painters (4 wins, 3 losses), victorious in their past three games, aim for a fourth consecutive victory when they take on revitalized Meralco (2-5) at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 10.
After starting the conference poorly with a woeful 1-3 record, the Elasto Painters and prized import Arizona Reid have stepped up their game as they ride the crest of a three-game winning streak.
Rain or Shine caught a big fish in its last assignment when it trounced erstwhile top squad Barangay Ginebra, 117-108, last Sunday.
Rain Or Shine “Lee-thal Weapon” Paul Lee led a decisive third-quarter surge as the Elasto Painters dealt Ginebra that surprising beat down at the Alonte Sports Arena, Biñan, Laguna.
Lee scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Elasto Painters. Rain Or Shine went on a run in the third period to break open what had until then been a close contest.
The former University of the East Red Warrior scored 12 points in the third quarter when the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters finally took command of the game by opening an 83-73 lead which progressively got bigger.
Before that Rain Or Shine import Arizona Reid played like a man possessed and scored 48 points to lead the Elasto Painters 123-72 rout of the Alaska Aces, June 4 at the PhilSports Arena.
Reid’s explosion started in the second period. The Rain Or Shine import unloaded 17 points in that quarter alone to turn a close contest into a rout. Alaska trailed by just four points after the first quarter, 22-26. That deficit ballooned to 17 points at halftime, 43-60, and 28 by the third period, 61-89.