MANILA, Philippines—It took Rain or Shine just the first five and half minutes to bury Talk N’ Text in a 16-point deficit on Sunday.
And the Elastopainters just continued to dismantle the Texters for a masterful 116-85 victory in the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, finally notching a win against their biggest tormentor for the past year.
“Kung pwede lang paghati-hatiin lamang namin ngayon para makabawi yung mga naging talo,” said Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao in jest.
The last time Rain or Shine won against Talk N’ Text was on July 1, 2012 in the PBA Governor’s Cup.
But for Guiao, it wasn’t what drove them to dominate the Texters like that, saying “I was kinda aware that we haven’t beaten them this season, but I didn’t think of it as a factor.”
“TNT just got tired [from last Friday], it’s just not their night tonight,” Guiao said.
From the get-go, it was all Elastopainters as they opened the game with an 18-2 blast. They just kept rolling from there en route to a seventh victory and a tie of the first spot.
Gabe Norwood finished with 19 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the arch, while import Bruno Sundov led with 27 points including a couple of triples early in the game.
The Texters dropped to 5-5 after the embarrassing loss, missing on another chance to go on a winning streak after a win last Friday.
Jayson Castro led with 19 points and Donnell Harvey added 17 for Talk N’ Text.
RAIN OR SHINE 116 – Sundov 27, Norwood 19, Tiu 15, Lee 10, Cruz 9, Matias 6, Chan 6, Rodriguez 6, Arana 6, Quinahan 6, Uyloan 3, Belga 3, Jaime 0, Tang 0, Ibanes 0.
TALK N’ TEXT 85 – Castro 19, Harvey 17, De Ocampo 13, Gamalinda 8, Al-Hussaini 7, Alapag 7, Fonacier 4, Raymundo 3, Reyes 3, Aban 2, Williams 2, Alvarez 0, Ferriols 0, Carey 0.
Quarters: 30-18, 59-42, 94-58, 116-85