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Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escape past Converge FiberXers, 112-111

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TIGHT TRIUMPH. Rain or Shine survives past Converge FiberXers, 112-111, on Sunday, January 14, 2024, to claim its six-game winning streak going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. PBA PHOTO

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters held off a gritty Converge FiberXers squad, securing a narrow 112-111 victory at the PhilSports Arena on Sunday, January 14, 2024. 

Rain or Shine wrapped up their regular-season journey with an impressive six-game winning streak, showcasing their resilience and fortitude as they gear up for the upcoming PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals, where they have already secured the No. 7 ranking.

The Elasto Painters faced a significant threat in the waning moments of the game as Converge mounted a determined comeback, narrowing the gap to 111-112 with 5.2 seconds remaining. The FiberXers had a chance to steal the game when John Louisee delos Santos stole Gabe Norwood’s inbounds pass. However, Rain or Shine’s defense held firm in the final seconds, denying their opponents a shot as time expired.

Coach Yeng Guiao emphasized the importance of facing a challenging game like this one, noting that it provides a valuable experience similar to what they might encounter in the playoffs. Guiao acknowledged the necessity of learning how to navigate pressure situations and close out games successfully.

Coach Guiao expressed the importance of facing a challenging game like this, stating, “It’s good to be playing such a game. It’s like this is what you will feel or experience in the playoffs. You need to know how to win in the endgame, how to close out games.”

 Guiao emphasized his intention to utilize all available resources during the game, ensuring that every player gains valuable experience and familiarity with high-pressure situations. He added, “That’s why I really wanted to use everything so that they all have a feel of the game when the quarterfinals come so that when you pull out, they’re ready.”

Leading the charge for Rain or Shine was Demetrius Treadwell, who delivered an outstanding performance with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists. Veteran Beau Belga continued his consistent play with 19 points, contributing to the team’s well-rounded effort. Coach Guiao utilized 16 players during the game, emphasizing the importance of ensuring everyone has a feel for the game as they approach the quarterfinals.

Jamil Wilson led the FiberXers with an impressive stat line of 26 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists. Justin Arana and Brian Santos added 19 and 18 points, respectively. Despite their commendable effort, Converge officially concluded their campaign with a 1-10 slate, finishing at the bottom of the standings.

A notable contribution to the FiberXers’ fourth-quarter resurgence came from King Caralipio, a fourth-round pick in the last rookie draft. Caralipio scored 12 of his 16 points in the final quarter, including a crucial triple that brought Converge within striking distance at 111-112. While the FiberXers fell short in this game, Caralipio’s performance showcased his potential and resilience.

As Rain or Shine looks ahead to the quarterfinals, their victory over Converge serves as both a testament to their winning momentum and a valuable learning experience in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead in the playoffs.

The boxscores:

Rain or Shine 112 – Treadwell 21, Belga 19, Datu 10, Yap 9, Demusis 8, Nocum 8, Nambatac 6, Norwood 6, Belo 5, Borboran 5, Santillan 5, Clarito 5, Mamuyac 4, Ildefonso 1, Caracut 0, Asistio 0.

Converge 111 – Wilson 26, Arana 19, Santos 18, Caralipio 16, Nieto 7, Fornilos 6, Delos Santos 6, Winston 4, Stockton 3, Melecio 3, Maagdenberg 2, Vigan-Fleming 1.

Quarterscores: 28-19, 55-48, 82-78, 112-111

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