Rain or Shine pinutol ang linya ng Meralco para sa 2-0 kartada
- Ni RCadayona () - February 28, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Kagaya ng dapat asahan, muling pinagbidahan ni import Hassan Adams ang panalo ng Elasto Painters.

Umiskor ang NBA vete­ran ng 23 points, habang may 15 si Ronjay Buenafe para igiya ang Rain or Shine sa 101-92 paggupo sa Me­ralco sa 2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup kagabi sa Cuneta Astrodome sa Pasay City.

Nagdagdag si John Ferriols ng 12 markers para sa 2-0 record ng Elasto Painters kasunod ang 11 ni Doug Kramer, samantalang may 31 points si import To­ny Danridge at 22 si Mac Car­dona para sa 0-2 slate ng Bolts.

“Were able to finish strong and that’s really what we need for a young team like us, be able to close out well. There are some guys who made the difference, like Ronjay, Ryan (Araña) and TY (Tang). But our import did a good job as well,” ani coach Yeng Guiao.

Mula sa 79-75 lamang sa third period, isang 11-7 atake ang pinamunuan ni Buenafe para ibigay sa Rain or Shine ang 90-82 abante sa 6:01 ng fourth quarter.

Bagamat nakalapit ang Meralco sa 87-92 sa 3:34 ng laro, apat na freethrows ang isinalpak nina Kramer at Adams para ilayo ang Rain or Shine sa 97-87 sa huling 2:02 ng laro.

Samantala, bagamat nakarating na sa kanyang opisina, wala pa ring inihahayag si PBA Commissioner Atty. Chito Salud kung aaprubahan niya o ibabasura ang trade sa pagitan ng Air21 at San Miguel.

Ayon sa isang source, itinaya ng Express sina 2010 top overall picks Nonoy Baclao, Rabeh Al-Hussaini at Rey Guevarra bilang kapalit nina veteran players Danny Seigle, Mick Pennisi at Joseph Yeo ng Beermen.

Rain or Shine 101 - Adams 23, Buenafe 15, Ferriols 12, Kramer 11, Jazul 8, Araña 8, Tang 6, Norwood 5, Cruz 4, Ibañes 4, Belga 3, Rodriguez 2, Uyloan 0, Chan 0.

Meralco 92 - Danridge 31, Cardona 22, Hugnatan 11, Mercado 8, Espinas 6, Ross 5, Isip 4, Taulava 4, Ritualo 1.

Quarterscores: 25-27, 55-54, 79-75, 101-92.

BUENAFE CHITO SALUD COMMISSIONER ATTY CUNETA ASTRODOME DANNY SEIGLE DANRIDGE DOUG KRAMER ELASTO PAINTERS HASSAN ADAMS JOHN FERRIOLS
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