SLR 77, RoS 84

On: 29 March 2010

SLR vs RoS

There was no stopping Rain or Shine in its second outing after being beaten at the finish in its debut two nights earlier.

The Elasto Painters bucked early fouls to key players, pulling off an 84-77 win over the Sta. Lucia Realtors in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference at the Ynares Sports Center on 28 March 2010.

Jai Lewis and Sol Mercado delivered the goods as they returned to the floor in the closing minutes, and the Elasto Painters checked a breakdown, notching a first win after bowing to the Talk n Text Tropang Texters Wednesday.

"Today's game showed our character as a team. We pulled through despite our key players sitting down precious minutes due to fouls," said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.

"We faced scary moments when they started to hit their outside shots, but the boys never lost composure. We did a good job controlling the boards at endgame," Garcia added.

Lewis grabbed rebounds and knocked in free throws while Mercado converted a tough drive and a three-pointer as they personally held off Sta. Lucia’s siege at endgame.

The Realtors failed to complete a comeback from the depth of a 20-point deficit, suffering a second loss in three starts.

Anthony Johnson and his teammates waged a spirited chase in the final half while Lewis, Norwood and JayR Reyes rode the bench in foul-trouble situation.

Jason Urbiztondo and Paolo Mendoza hit from afar, helping Johnson get the Realtors to within one, 69-70, after trailing by 20 at 26-46.

The Realtors engaged the Painters in a battle at crunch time before losing just the same as Bonbon Custodio committed an error then Mendoza misfired a trey in the final minute.

Mercado settled the outcome of the game on a jumper making it 82-77 with time down to 21 seconds.

The burly Fil-foreign guard finished with 19 points, three steals and two assists.

Norwood made back-to-back three-point plays to close their utter domination of the Realtors in the first half at 44-26.

The Elasto Painters pummeled the Realtors from the start, erecting double-digit spreads right in the first quarter.

Norwood and Mercado both started strong, combining for 23 points in the first 24 minutes of play.

For the Realtors, nothing worked in the first half with the team struggling for only 10 in the first period and 16 in the next. (SB)

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