The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters are known for being one of the most physical teams in the league, but they found themselves on the receiving end of some roughhousing in their win against the Meralco Bolts last night.
Taken from InterAKTV.com: (Meralco rookie Cliff ) Hodge was called for a flagrant foul on a rebound play where he looked to have made a swinging motion at Arana after the Rain or Shine wingman made physical contact with the rookie.
Hodge was given a Flagrant 1 foul, but the Painters thought the punishment shouldve been a bit more severe. From the Painters perspective, the Bolt rookie threw a punch at Araa. Now THAT wouldve, categorically speaking, been enough for a Flagrant 2.
Weirdly enough, it was ROS that actually lost a couple of its key players throughout the game. Araa committed his own F2 foul while teammate JR Quiahan was ejected in the third period after he, likewise, was tagged with an F2 for hacking Sol Mercado. That was probably an act of retaliation as Meralcos Kelly Nabong, another rookie, roughed up Quiahan a few moments prior.
It was an intense game, to say the least, and the intensity didnt seem to dissipate even after the Painters rousing come-from-behind OT win.
Were dedicating this victory to Cliff Hodge and Kelly Nabong, Guiao said in a post-game interview. Coach Ryan said last week they were just complacent when they lost by 25 points against us. Baka complacent lang ulit sila.
Fighting words from the fighting coach of a fighting team. Then again, knowing its coach Yeng Guiao, are we even a wee bit surprised? Hes known for many things, but subtlety and timidity are certainly not any of them.
Its more fun in the PBA after all!
Game Recaps: RIAN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 102-98
Already banged-up and frustrated by what they thought were calls not going their way, Rain or Shine appeared to be easy pickings for Meralco.
But instead of simply folding, the Elasto Painters displayed the heart of a champion, climbing back from a 23-point deficit to post a heated 102-98 victory over the Bolts Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
With Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, and Jireh Ibaes in sick bay, Rain or Shine lost stalwarts JR Quiahan and Ryan Araa to ejection because of separate flagrant foul penalty two infractions.
The Elasto Painters, however, used Quiahans ejection as a flashpoint for their rally.
We got frustrated in the beginning and we couldnt get anything going from our offense. But we drew a lot of energy and motivation from the ejection of JR Quiahan, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Quiahan was in an altercation in the early part of the third period after fouling Sol Mercado. Meralco rookie came over to give Quiahan a shove, leading to a near-melee.
Mercado (technical foul) and Nabong (flagrant foul penalty one) were penalized for their involvement in the scuffle, but it was Quiahan who bore the brunt of the punishment after being ejected.
But that seemed to fire up the lethargic Rain or Shine side, which outscored the Bolts 25-6 to end the third quarter with just a five-point lead after trailing by as much as 26 points.
In the fourth, Rain or Shines guns came ablaze as Beau Belga, Ryan Araa and TY Tang each nailed a three-pointer in a 20-7 spurt to give their team an 80-72 lead.
The Bolts didnt go down without a fight as Mercado scored his teams last nine points, all coming from the three-point region, to send the game into overtime.
But Gabe Norwood and Belga conspired in the extra five-minute stretch while Mercado missed a jumper and committed a crucial error in the Bolts last possession as the Elasto Painters held on to the win.
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS, 92-63
Against the No. 1 defensive team in the league, usually offensive-minded Talk N Text got out of its comfort zone and gave San Mig Coffee a dose of its own medicine on defense.
The Tropang Texters handed Tim Cone his worst beating since taking over the old Purefoods franchise, winning convincingly, 92-63, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Talk N Text held San Mig Coffee below 32-percent shooting from the field and made life miserable for the Mixers top guns, James Yap and PJ Simon, who were grounded all game long.
Simon, the teams spark off the bench, was only 1-for-6 from the field and was limited to three points on 20 minutes of playing time. His points only came in the fourth period when the game was already decided.
Yap, the two-time Most Valuable Player, went 4-for-14 from the field, but was scoreless in the entire second half.
With Talk N Text doing a great job defensively against their two high-scoring guards, San Mig Coffees production was greatly affected as well their mindset of stopping their opponents.
We came with good defense against the No. 1 defensive team, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black. Our mindset is to match San Migs effort. With our defense clicking, we were able to get our rhythm offensively, knocking down our outside shots and we were able to make good spacing on the floor.
With the win, the Tropang Texters continued to stay on top and improved to 9-2 win-loss mark, bolstering their chances for one of two automatic berths for the semis.
We will try to get there, said Black, referring to the top two slots. Obviously, by beating san Mig Coffee, it gave us a better chance for the top two. But we cannot let our guard down. We still have tougher games ahead, including Sundays game against Air 21. We need to come out and win, otherwise, this victory against San Mig Coffee is nothing.
Al Thornton (ex NLEX RW) could sign at Moutahed - 23 hours ago
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Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) is about to tab 33-year old American forward Al Thornton (203-97kg-83, college: Florida State) who played last time at NLEX Road Warriors in Philippines. In 12 PBA games he was second best scorer with impressive 36.1ppg and recorded 12.2rpg (#4 in the league) and 2.5apg last season. In 2007 Thornton was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former Florida State standout is in his tenth season in pro basketball. Thornton re... [read more]
Al Moutahed Tripoli (Pepsi LBL) is about to tab 33-year old American forward Al Thornton (203-97kg-83, college: Florida State) who played last time at NLEX Road Warriors in Philippines. In 12 PBA games he was second best scorer with impressive 36.1ppg and recorded 12.2rpg (#4 in the league) and 2.5apg last season. In 2007 Thornton was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former Florida State standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball. Thornton received Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team award in 2016. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Thornton has played previously professionally in China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Puerto Rico (Brujos) and NBA (Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers and Washington Wizards). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
(by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Physically Thornton is a jaw dropper type of athlete. Because of the high energy level and aggressiveness Thornton plays with, he draws a good number of fouls from opposing players. Does a great job of getting rebounds out of position thanks to his leaping ability and foot speed. Runs the court like a guard. Is a threat in transition where he is a tremendous finisher. Loves to face-up the opposing defender and blow by them using his length and explosive first step.
Ball handling ability is satisfactory at the collegiate level but will clearly need to be refined as he is prone to turnovers. Defensively while he is a adequate shot blocker, he still bites too often on pump fakes.
Blatche re-signs at Xinjiang Flying Tigers - 1 day ago
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Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American (has also Filipino passport) power forward Andray Blatche (211-112kg-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 42 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg last season. Blatche helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team. In 2005 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round... [read more]
Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) confirmed in their roster 30-year old American (has also Filipino passport) power forward Andray Blatche (211-112kg-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 42 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 4.0apg and 2.2spg last season. Blatche helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team. In 2005 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (49th overall). Blatche represented Philippines at the Asian Championships in Changsha-Hunan (China) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: Score-5 (17.8ppg), 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 70.6%. Blatche has played also professionally in USA, NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Roanoke D.). He could be described:
Andray Blatche is a long and thin big man with good ball and shooting skills. While he runs with a bit of a deliberate gait and looks more athletic than he actually is, Blatche is a skilled post player with considerable upside.
Arizona Reid (ex SM Beermen) joins Urartu Yerevan - 3 days ago
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BC Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 30-year old American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point). He played last summer at SM Beermen in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 34.7ppg, 11.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Pilipinas Agilas in Filipino league. In 15 ASEAN League games he was the best scorer with high stats: 24.3ppg and averaged 10.0rpg, 3.3apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to... [read more]
BC Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 30-year old American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point). He played last summer at SM Beermen in Filipino PBA league. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 34.7ppg, 11.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Pilipinas Agilas in Filipino league. In 15 ASEAN League games he was the best scorer with high stats: 24.3ppg and averaged 10.0rpg, 3.3apg (top 5) and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 2nd Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Reid won PBA Governor's Cup championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year in 2015. Reid is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Reid tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Australia, Finland, Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC), Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Lebanon (Al Riyadi and Antranik), Saudi Arabia (Al Nahda), Switzerland (Fribourg and Monthey), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster). Reid attended High Point University until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player. On Reid:
A very versatile player, who can spend time in the 2, 3 and even the 4 position. He' s very athletic and can score from outside and inside. Thanks to his timing and leaping ability, he is also a very good rebounder for his size.
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