Jeff Chan waxed hot in the second half as Rain Or Shine lived for another day to finally repulsed San Mig in Game 5 of the Finals


The Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters lived to fight for another day as they finally repulsed the gritty San Mig Super Coffee Mixers with an 81-74 win over San Mig in Game Five of their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals before a huge Sunday crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Streak-shooting Jeff Chan revived his old form and exploded for 23 of his 24 points in the second half as the Elasto Painters finally halted San Mig's three straight victory.
“Ayoko lang talagang matalo,” said Chan. “Ayaw lang naming ibigay ‘tong larong ‘to.”
With the Painters' backs against the wall, Chan sparked the Elasto Painters in the fourth quarter, burying two three-pointers before capping his red-hot shooting with a tough fadeaway jumper off Peter June Simon to give his team a 79-72 lead with 48.3 ticks to go.
The Elasto Painters’ airtight defense made sure gunners like James Yap, PJ Simon and even rising star playmaker Mark Barroca won’t get easy looks from the basket from there as they cut San Mig's lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven championship series.
“We just grind out a win, we’re still behind in the series, though one thing we can promise the fans is we will fight it out to the end,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, after seeing his boys scrape out the tough victory before more than 20,000 predominantly San Mig fans.
Guiao said the victory “delayed” the Mixers’ championship celebration, though they are hopeful that the Game Five victory can give them enough momentum going into Wednesday’s game.
“We’re still looking to make the championship. One thing I told the boys before the game, we cannot lose the sense of destiny even if we’re behind. It’s not over,” added the fiery Rain or Shine mentor.
“We have to believe in ourselves and stay positive. Who knows what will happen. A big win like this can turn the complexion around in our favor."
San Mig coach Tim Cone admitted there were some areas in their game where they broke down on defense, which allowed the Elasto Painters to get their offense going in the second half.
San Mig Coffee started strong first, going on a 16-1 run to open up a 20-10 lead midway through the first quarter.

Rain or Shine, buoyed by a bench crew finally showing up in the series, fought back in the second period, cutting the deficit to a single point, 28-27. But the Mixers weathered the storm, restoring a 43-35 lead at halftime.

The Elasto Painters came out roaring in the second half led by Gilas gunner Chan. The lefty gunner scored nine points in a 13-3 blast as the Elasto Painters finally took back the lead, 48-46, to start the third period.
Rain or Shine remained in control with a 57-54 edge to begin the fourth quarter.

San Mig Coffee threatened to within a single point, 61-60, before Chan caught fire with eight straight points to give the Elasto Painters a nine-point lead.
The Mixers struck back with a 9-3 run led by James Yap to cut the deficit, 72-69.

Paul Lee pushed the lead to five after a difficult jumper, but Yap answered back with a three-pointer as the Mixers came within two points, 74-72.

The teams exchanged fruitless possessions before Gabe Norwood nailed a crucial three-pointer with 1:22 left for a 77-72 lead.

After Rain or Shine forced a turnover in the next San Mig Coffee possession, Chan nailed a difficult turnaround jumper to beat the shotclock buzzer and put his team ahead by seven points, 79-72, with 48.3 seconds remaining.

Marc Pingris scored quickly in the next play after a timeout to cut the lead to five, before San Mig Coffee forced a 24-second violation on the Elasto Painters on the other end.

But Yap couldn’t convert on his three-point attempt for San Mig Coffee, leaving Rain or Shine with possession with 13.6 seconds remaining.
Chan converted two free throws to seal the deal for the Elasto Painters.
“We gave a valiant effort. And trying to beat this team (Rain or Shine), four games in a row is hard,” said Cone, whose voice was cracking during the post-game interview.
Rain or Shine won despite bruising big man Beau Belga being the only other player in double-figures aside from Chan with 10 points. Usual suspect Paul Lee was also shut down by San Mig by limiting him to only 8 points and was hobbled by foul trouble. Lee, however, delivered some crucial basket in the crucial minutes of the game.
Marc Pingris despite playing with an eye abrasion, provide some energy for the Mixers with a solid double-double performance of 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 36-minute effort.
The Gilas star forward wore a protective lens on his right eye, which was accidentally poked by JR Quinahan during the third period of Game Four.
Red hot James Yap also scored 18, while Alex Mallari and Mark Barroca added 11 and 10, respectively, though usually reliables Joe Devance and rookie Ian Sangalang were limited to a combined 10 points in Game Five. Peter June Simon, the most consistent sorer for the Mixers in this series wound only 4 points.
San Mig’s breakdown in offense can be seen in its 19 turnovers, which Rain or Shine easily converted to 20 points.
Game Six is set on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with Rain or Shine looking for another win that would forge the winner-take-all match on Friday.
The scores:
Rain or Shine 81 - Chan 24, Belga 10, Tiu 9, Lee 8, Norwood 7, Quinahan 6, Rodriguez 5, Arana 4, Almazan 4, Cruz 2, Ibanes 2.
San Mig 74 - Pingris 18, Yap 18, Mallari 11, Barroca 10, Devance 7, Simon 4, Sangalang 3, De Ocampo 2, Reavis 1, Melton 0.
Quarterscores: 14-20, 35-43, 59-54, 81-74
--- with reports from Spin.ph

Jeff Chan waxed hot in the second half as Rain Or Shine lived for another day to finally repulsed San Mig in Game 5 of the Finals Jeff Chan waxed hot in the second half as Rain Or Shine lived for another day to finally repulsed San Mig in Game 5 of the Finals Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/23/2014 Rating: 5

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