Rain or Shine's Arizona Reid drives to the basket. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Rain or Shine overpowered Air21 on Wednesday night as they derailed the Express in an easy 111-90 win to secure a semifinals berth in the PBA Governors' Cup.
Arizona Reid led the way for Rain or Shine with 30 points, including 4-of-4 attempts from the 3-point territory.
"AZ is consistent on both ends," Rain or Shine head coach Guiao said on the PBA website regarding their 6'3" import. "He may be one of the shortest imports, but we rely on his defense, rebounding and scoring. He’s also passing the ball so it’s a good choice for us to bring him back."
Paul Lee added 14 markers, while Larry Rodriguez and Ryan Arana had 12 and 11 points, respectively, as they helped the Elasto Painters to their 4th-straight semifinals appearance.
The victory was also Rain or Shine’s 6th-straight win.
“We were carried by our momentum, I guess,” said Guiao. “We were ready to play a hard endgame, but, surprisingly, we were able to break away.”
Establishing dominance inside the paint, Rain or Shine had Air21 reeling right from the beginning with a 21-6 lead in the opening period.
The Elasto Painters continued to gain confidence as the game went on, connecting 55.7 percent from the field.
What pleased Guiao was that his charges were able to defend well against the taller Air21 squad.
“Our defense was consistent and I think that’s what’s been carrying us in this last half of the conference,” he said.
Rain or Shine became the third team with a twice-to-beat bonus to march to the semifinal round.
Dominique Sutton scored 35 points and nabbed 18 rebounds for Air21, which also got 18 from Eliud Poligrates.
Asi Taulava, who had been a force for the Express inside the shaded area, was limited to 11 points.
Rain or Shine will face the winner between Alaska and Barangay Ginebra who are currently squaring off in the remaining quarterfinal match-up.
Rain or Shine 111 - Reid 30, Lee 14, Rodriguez 12, Arana 11, Norwood 9, Nuyles 7, Tiu 6, Chan 6, Belga 5, Teng 5, Ibanes 4, Uyloan 2, Cruz 0, Almazan 0.
Air21 90 - Sutton 35, Poligrates 18, Ramos 16, Taulava 11, Anthony 5, Yeo 3, Cardona 2, Borboran 0, Villanueva J. 0, Burtscher 0, Menor 0, Camson 0, Atkins 0.
Quarterscores: 30-21, 55-45, 83-64, 111-90