FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 11, 2011

Rain or Shine pounced on the fourth quarter ejection of Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi as it repulsed repeated rallies to hack out a 93-81 victory that snared it the solo lead in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Friday. 

Paul Lee came through with a solid all-around performance with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal as the Elasto Painters zoomed to the top with a 7-1 (win-loss) record while leaving behind the Talk N' Text Tropang Texters, their erstwhile co-leader now on second place on a 6-1 card. 

The Energy, who saw their coach ejected at the start of the final canto, fell to their third loss against five triumphs but remained at No. 3.

"We prepared for them, we knew its going to be difficult and hard game, we knew as long as we can keep the game fast and we were able to have an advantage and that's what we're trying to do all game long," said Rain or Shine coach Joseller "Yeng" Guiao. 

"We also know that this is a potent offensive team but our team defense held up and we're glad it did because we can't match up with them one on one," he added. 

Guiao, who is coming off a P34,000 fine recently, even joked about the ejection of his opposing mentor. "Nagulat din ako na naunahan ako ma-thrown out ni coach Junel, hindi ako makapaniwala at ngayon lang nangyari sa buhay ko ito," quipped Guiao. 

"It helped us in a way and it happens to me, it happens to everybody. 

Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi was tossed out early in the fourth after he was slapped with his second technical foul. A couple of minutes later, his player, Don Allado, was also assessed a technical foul. 

Rookie sensation Paul Lee erupted for 10 of his 12 first half points in the second quarter when Rain or Shine outscored Barako Bull, 30-19. 

 The Energy actually trimmed their deficit to a hairline, 20-19, early in the period but Lee came out strong and transformed that shaky upper hand to a more comfortable 47-33 advantage at the break.

The first half though was not without some commotions as technical fouls came aplenty--one from Barako Bull's Mick Pennisi in the first period and one each by another Barako Bull player Leo Najorda and Rain or Shine's Jervy Cruz in the second canto. 

 Najorda and Cruz got into a shoving and nudging match were quickly slapped a T to prevent the incident from escalating. 

 The Elasto Painters seized the initiative early with Jireh Ibanez making both of his two shots--a triple and a basket--to lead the way after the first quarter, 17-14. (JV) 

 The scores: 

RAIN OR SHINE 93 - Lee 17, Buenafe 16, Ibanes 11, Cruz 10, Arana 10, Norwood 9, Belga 6, Chan 6, Matias 4, Jaime 2, Quinahan 2. 

 BARAKO 81 - Miller 23, Ababou 11, Allado 10, Pennisi 9, Arboleda 7, Pena 6, Salvacion 5, Salvador 4, Najorda 2, Artadi 2, Seigle 2, Avenido 0.


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