Veterans JR Quinahan and Paul Lee joined hands in sparking Rain or Shine’s endgame burst as the Elasto Painters bucked the ejection of coach Yeng Guiao to squeak past Alaska, 117-114 on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Down by as much as 7 points heading into the last 5 minutes, Quinahan and Lee instigated Rain or Shine’s late-game rally, knocking down threes and making the biggest plays down the stretch.
Quinahan and Lee combined for 18 of Rain or Shine’s 35 points in the final period to turn the tables against Alaska, the team Rain or Shine defeated in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last May.
“The team did a good job without me. The coaching staff, coach Caloy were able to bring together the team despite my getting ejected,” Guiao said, moments after Rain or Shine hiked its record to 3-2 with the hard-earned win.
“I think we got down by more than 10 points when I was taken out of the game but we had some timely conversions,” added the fiery mentor, who was tossed out of the game with still 3:11 left in the third quarter after being slapped with his 2nd technical foul.
Guiao though couldn’t avoid talking about the way officiating has been done in the game.
“I just felt that it’s not just the calls going against us, although there were some, it’s just the confusion on what a foul is and what not a foul is,” Guiao said, in expressing his disappointment on officiating.
“That’s where the confusion lies kasi okay lang yung alam mo masama ang tawag, pero ang di mo alam ang mali at tama na tawag, yun ang nakaka-frustrate,” he added.
Alaska was slapped with 39 fouls, with Sonny Thoss and Calvin Abueva fouling out late in the game.
Rain or Shine, on the other hand, was whistled for 30 fouls in the game.
Dior Lowhorn led the Elasto Painters with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Lee added 18, while Quinahan chipped in 16, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
Alaska, which absorbed its third straight loss, fell to 1-4 in a 3-way tie with Star and Blackwater at the bottom half of the standings.
Import LaDontae Henton led the Aces with 41 points and 9 rebounds. – Bryan Ulanday
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