Rain or Shine accompanied the rains outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum with a downpour of treys as the Elasto Painters finally captured the franchise’s 2nd title in a wire-to-wire 109-92 victory that ended Alaska’s hopes of a milk-racle comeback.
A rainy Wednesday night became the perfect setting for Rain or Shine with Paul Lee leading their victorious march to the championship that was delayed by exactly one week.
After failing to finish off Aces twice with a 3-0 early series lead, the Elasto Painters rained triples on them connecting on a Finals record-tying 15 from beyond the arc.
Lee, who emerged as the Finals MVP, highlighted his epic performance with 4 triples and 17 straight points that ripped the game wide open bridging the 1st and 2nd quarters.
Lee finished with 20 points while Jericho Cruz bounced back from sub-par games hitting 12 of his 21 markers in the second half to end the series with a bang.
It was another sorry loss for Alaska, which has yet to win a title under coach Alex Compton despite playing in 4 of the last 5 PBA Finals.
Calvin Abueva still got away with 26 points and 8 rebounds despite battling foul trouble and a minor ankle injury in the 2nd half. But the beastly effort of the Best Player of the Conference couldn’t match the energy of a pumped-up ROS side that had a 15-7 advantage in fastbreak points.
Yeng Guiao’s 7th title somehow eases the pain of losing his re-election Congress bid and skipping graduation of his daughter in London.
It seemed like fourth time’s a charm for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who switched import 4 times this conference.
It was also a 4-year gap since their 2012 championship. And they also had 4 tries before finally bagging the Commissioner’s Cup crown. – By John Bryan Ulanday