Aces deal E-Painters 1st defeat

John Bryan Ulanday - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Vengeful Alaska dealt Rain or Shine its first loss in style, putting on a 74-48 defensive clinic to get back on track in the 46th PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City last night.

Eager to snap a two-game slump, the Aces vented their ire on the hapless Elasto Painters with an early 41-23 command at the half and never looked back en route to a 2-2 card and a stamp on the latter’s lowest output since entering the PBA in 2006.

Rodney Brondial led with 13 points while Abu Tratter had 12 markers and 13 rebounds for the Aces, who also held the E-Painters to the league’s all-time second-lowest score just behind Shell after its 79-47 loss to Mobiline in the 2000 All-Filipino Cup.

“I think what allowed us to be successful in this game was how we approached losing the last game,” said coach Jeff Cariaso.

The E-Painters slipped to 3-1, relinquishing the lead to unbeaten and idle Magnolia (3-0).

Earlier, six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo finally showed glimpse of his old, lethal form with a 16-11 double-double on top of two blocks as San Miguel Beer notched its third straight win at the expense of winless Blackwater, 99-80.

In a game that was momentarily halted due to a leaking roof caused by heavy rains, Meralco jolted Phoenix, 91-80, for a quick bounce back win.

Allein Maliksi (24) and Chris Newsome (23) joined hands for the Bolts as they climbed to 3-1 slate.

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