by John Paul Marquez

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters once again takes on the lead as they hammered B-Meg Llamados, 93-84, in the PBA Governors Cup Finals, July 27 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

                     After Paul Lee’s shoulder injury in the last game, RoS faithfully wished for a good luck. Import Jamelle Cornley once again lead the RoS tallying for 25 points, 15 rebounds and six dishes. Jireh Ybanez of RoS started their rally but B-Meg answers him back making an 11-point deficit to put them on top but the RoS revive by putting 15-3 run to end the first half 40-38.

                        Continuing their rally as they extended their lead to 2-1, hot shot Jeff Chan connected with a two rainbow shots for a total of 18 points from him (all scored in second half) and Ryan Arana as well attached for another two three's. In the last canto Elasto Painters continued to make a deficit to B-Meg. B-Meg Coach Tim Cone decided to pull-out Import Marcus Blakely, PJ Simon, Marc Pingris and James Yap in the game with less than five minutes left and putting up Jonas Villanueva, Mark Barroca on the floor. Llamados sees some light as Jonas Villanueva hits a three with under 30 seconds left to put down the lead to seven but time is not on their side as the RoS wasted a lot of time and not letting the Llamados to score again.

                        Jonas Villanueva led the Llamados with 18 markers but it was not enough to carry the Llamados to a victory. RoS are hoping to win the next two games in the series to take their very first crown in the big league on their initial finals appearance while B-Meg wanted to stay alive in the series to make it a best-of-three series.

                     Game four will be on Sunday after the Leo’s award ceremonies at the same venue. James Yap of B-Meg will be a contender for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) while Rain or Shine’s franchise player Paul Lee is the number one candidate for the Rookie of the Year Award (ROY). 

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