PBA: In quest for win No. 5, San Miguel faces defensive-minded Rain Or Shine


Posted at Apr 22 2017 02:49 AM

A team with the ability to slow an opponent's offense down could be the perfect foil against a juggernaut such as San Miguel.

The Beermen set their sights on a 5th straight win when they battle Rain Or Shine in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Saturday.

The two teams hit the Mall of Asia Arena court at 5:15 p.m, after the Blackwater-Star game at 3 p.m.

PBA Commissioner's Cup
Team Won Lost Pct Next game
San Miguel 3 0 1.00 RoS (April 22, Sat)
Meralco 6 1 0.86 Phx (May 3, Wed)
TNT 5 1 0.83 Gin (April 23, Sun)
Barangay Ginebra 3 1 0.75 TNT (April 23, Sun)
Alaska 4 2 0.67 Gin (May 7, Sun)
Star 4 2 0.67 Bkw (April 22, Sat)
Rain Or Shine 4 2 0.67 SMB (April 22, Sat)
Phoenix 3 4 0.43 Mer (May 3, Wed)
GlobalPort 1 5 0.17 Mah (April 23, Sun)
Mahindra 1 5 0.17 Gpt (April 23, Sun)
Blackwater 1 5 0.17 Star (April 22, Sat)
NLEX 0 7 0.00 Bkw (May 3, Wed)
~ Standings after April 21 games

It's common knowledge by now that no other team is better than San Miguel in running its offense. In its last 3 games, San Miguel topped the 100-point mark; the only time the Beermen didn't in this tournament, they scored 99.

Rain Or Shine is a team that could contain June Mar Fajardo and co., if one goes by its recent numbers. In 4 of its last 5 games, Rain Or Shine limited its opponents to below 40% shooting from the field.

If the Elasto Painters hope to come away with an upset, their defense has to hold up because they're no match for San Miguel's firepower.

Shawn Taggart, and veteran swingmen Jeff Chan and James Yap will be at the forefront of Rain Or Shine's attack. 

Fajardo, who played only 8 minutes in San Miguel's rout of Mahindra in its last game, joins Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter at the forefront of San Miguel's attack.

In the 2nd game, Star is hoping that one week was enough to shake off a close defeat to San Miguel when the Hotshots clash with Blackwater.

Star, which has lost 2 straight after a 4-0 start, will bank on Tony Mitchell, Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang as the team tries to arrest its skid.

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