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High-octane Painters too much for misfiring Fuel Masters

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Phoenix played with fire and got burned. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday. “We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said. Known to prosper in free-flowing […]

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Chris Tiu returns from calf injury

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Rain or Shine veteran guard Chris Tiu made his quiet return Sunday night from a calf injury that had sidelined him for more than a month. The 5-foot-11 guard recorded six markers on 50 percent shooting from the field, to go along with two assists in nearly 16 minutes of play.  Though Tiu said he’s still hurting, it […]

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Trollano, Matias help ROS overcome absence of key players

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With Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan missing Rain or Shine’s tussle with Phoenix due to injuries, coach Caloy Garcia dug deep from his bag of tricks. Luckily for Garcia, his reserves delivered with the Elasto Painters drawing 56 points from their bench in their 97-82 rout, showing once again that they have the depth to […]

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Rain or Shine dedicates season to late No. 1 supporter ‘Mommy Yu’

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It has been an emotional holiday season for Rain or Shine, but the team is relieved that somehow, it was able to start the year on the right note with a 97-82 win over Phoenix on Sunday. And the Elasto Painters dedicated the victory to no less than their top supporter Margaret “Mommy” Yu, who […]

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Cruz plays through flu, lifts Painters to 5th win

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Feeling under the weather ahead of its Rain or Shine’s first game of the year, Jericho Cruz hoped that somehow, he will still be able to perform against Phoenix. “Coming into this game, I didn’t expect coach Caloy to give me playing time because I was sick for four days,” Cruz said as he made […]

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Phoenix blows chance to move up in loss to Rain or Shine

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There’s nothing Matthew Wright feels but regret following Phoenix’s 97-82 loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday. “We had a chance to go to number two, but we blew it. You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that especially when there’s only three or four games left,” he said. The Fuel Masters blew a chance […]

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Cruz-led Rain or Shine downs Phoenix, gains solo 2nd

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Rain or Shine was missing two key players and there were also worries about its long layoff. The Elasto Painters proved such concerns were unfounded when they came out a 97-82 victor over Phoenix Sunday to claim solo second spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rain or Shine used an early surge […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: Gel Magat

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Name: Gel Magat Age: 22 From: Pampanga Fan of which team: Rain or Shone Favorite Player: James Yap How long have you been a fan of the team: Since James Yap transferred to Rain or Shine. Why are you a fan of the team:  He’s a good player.

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Fresh Painters wary of rust vs streaking Fuel Masters

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A well-rested Rain or Shine team and a Phoenix side coming off an epic win collide in what promises to be a very exciting match Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters are looking to at least keep their share of second-running spot, a position the Fuel Masters also covet. With […]

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Rain or Shine had too many lapses in loss to Star, says Almazan

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Rain or Shine could’ve won over Star, if not for its old habits showing up in the end. That was how Raymond Almazan summed up the Elasto Painters’ loss to the Hotshots in a game where they blew a 10-point lead in the third quarter. “Parang pagkatalo namin sa Ginebra eh. Last six minutes, parang […]

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Rookies Jalalon, Tolomia share limelight in Star-ROS duel

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While much of the spotlight centered on veterans James Yap and Paul Lee and their keenly-awaited first game against their former teams, prized rookies still found a way to shine on Sunday. Jio Jalalon had an all-around game with 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds for Star while his counterpart Mike Tolomia wasn’t far behind, […]

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Gabe Norwood on facing Paul Lee: ‘It was really weird’

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Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood said it was strange playing against his former teammate Paul Lee for the first time on Sunday. Lee played six seasons with the Elasto Painters before he was traded to the Star Hotshots in exchange for James Yap in the offseason. “It was really weird. I can’t fake it. […]

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Benched Ibañes feels he could’ve helped ROS in loss to Star

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Defensive stopper Jireh Ibañes believes he could have helped contain former teammate Paul Lee, who played against Rain or Shine for the first time since being traded to Star in the offseason. Lee finished with 14 points that went with four assists and three rebounds to lead the Hotshots to a 99-91 win over his […]

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Rain or Shine’s Belga expects tougher duels vs Star down the road

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The fans have seen nothing yet. That was Beau Belga’s stern observation after Rain or Shine’s 99-91 loss to Star on Sunday. Though a lot of fans have been on the lookout for the duel, the burly big man said that the rivalry between the two franchises doesn’t end here. “This was an elimination round […]

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Pingris feels ‘awkward’ facing Yap for first time

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After over a decade of playing together, Star’s Marc Pingris admitted he felt “awkward” going up against his longtime buddy James Yap for the first time. “Siyempre I feel awkward ‘di ba kasi 12 years kaming magkakasama,” said Pingris after Star dealt Rain or Shine its second loss in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup with […]

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After slow start, Ramos comes up big late in Star win over ROS

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After struggling in the first three quarters, Aldrech Ramos knew he had to contribute to help Star win. Fortunately for the veteran forward, Paul Lee was there to ease up the pressure and set him up for better shots. “Masama yung first three quarters ko, buti na lang nung fourth, yung mga open shots ko […]

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Yap struggles vs former team Star, lauds Simon’s defense

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James Yap admitted he felt awkward playing against his former team Star for the first time on Sunday. “Nakakapanibago, pero ganoon talaga,” he said. Unfortunately for Yap, the Elasto Painters ended up on the losing end as the Hotshots escaped with a 99-91 win. “Excited ako for this game kaso talo kami. Pero ganoon talaga […]

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Paul Lee gets last laugh vs ROS, former teammates

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As a vital part of Rain or Shine for five years, Paul Lee knew what was coming when he faced his former team for the first time. Known for their physical brand of basketball, the Elasto Painters, specifically their rugged big man Beau Belga showed their ex-teammate what it’s like to be on the other […]

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Paul Lee helps Star beat former team Rain or Shine

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Paul Lee reminded Rain or Shine what it used to have as he towed Star to a 99-91 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jio Jalalon beat the shot clock to break the 88-all deadlock as Lee followed up with a three and assisted on a pair of long bombs […]

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Garcia rues ROS’ lack of ball movement in loss to Ginebra

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When it came down to winning time, Rain or Shine just didn’t have it.  Rain or Shine held a 74-70 lead over Barangay Ginebra late in the fourth quarter before the Gin Kings raced to an 11-0 run to take the game, 81-74, and ruin the Elasto Painters’ perfect record. ROS head coach Caloy Garcia […]

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Tenorio takes blame for offensive struggles

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LA Tenorio had a night to forget offensively in Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s win over Rain or Shine, 81-74, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in the PBA Philippine Cup. Tenorio missed all his field goal attempts but still finished with four points, five rebounds, and six assists  “Offensively, you can say I really struggled and I […]

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Cone still ‘shocked’ to see former player Yap playing for ROS

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James Yap may be in tuned with his new team, but some people are still in shock the former Star player is now wearing another uniform. Take Ginebra head coach Tim Cone for instance. Cone was Yap’s coach when they won the Grand Slam back in 2014 and even though it’s been almost two years […]

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Ginebra downs Rain or Shine for first win

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Barangay Ginebra steeled itself at the finish, coming away with a decisive 11-to-nothing closing flurry to top Rain or Shine, 81-74, in a duel of champs in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Sunday night. Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado and Chris Ellis formed a solid […]

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Rain or Shine eyes 3-0 start vs Ginebra

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Rain or Shine played a remarkable game in its season debut against TNT KaTropa then played even better in its next game versus Mahindra. Ginebra coach Tim Cone keenly followed those games and was impressed of the Elasto Painters. Cone said they have to get over their championship hangover and get their act together to […]

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TNT rookie Pogoy excited to play against ‘idols’ Yap, Hontiveros

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After fulfilling his PBA dreams, TNT rookie Roger Pogoy couldn’t wait to matchup against his idols. Pogoy said playing against the “man with a million moves” James Yap of Rain or Shine is something he looks forward to. “Idol ko siya dati pa kasi ang dami niyang moves,” Pogoy said.  The young shooting guard added […]

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Lee excited to play with Hotshots rookie Jalalon

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Paul Lee can’t wait to play alongside Jiovani Jalalon, who was acquired by Star in the 2016 PBA Draft. “Sobrang excited ako kasi alam natin kung paano maglaro si Jio so magandang addition siya para sa amin,” he said. The Hotshots’ newest acquisitions are expected to take the league by storm as they try to bring […]

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Alaska, Rain or Shine satisfied with lone draft picks

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As teams pick one hopeful from another in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, two teams opted to pass. Alaska and Rain or Shine only selected players in the special draft and decided to skip the regular draft. Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia said he didn’t see the need to draft more players after the team already […]

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Yap ready for ‘new beginning’ with Rain or Shine

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Nearing the end of an illustrious career, James Yap is betting on himself as he seeks to make a splash in the next four years. “Sa ngayon, four years ang tinitignan ko,” he said as he contemplates what could be the tailend of his storied professional run. “Malalaman naman natin kung kaya pa o hindi. […]

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Belga re-signs with Rain or Shine

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Rain or Shine saved at least half of its Extra Rice combo. Beau Belga re-signed for a three-year contract with the Elasto Painters on Monday morning, bringing the bruiser back with the crew which will now be under coach Caloy Garcia. The Sorsogon native shared that though the team has undergone changes, especially with the […]

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Cruz credits Guiao for Most Improved Player award

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Jericho Cruz only had one guy to thank for his Most Improved Player award. “Without coach Yeng (Guiao), I wouldn’t be here right now. Binigyan nya ako ng playing time, binigyan niya ako ng tiwala na pag nasa loob ako, may magandang mangyayari,” he said on Friday after the 2016 Leo Awards. Averaging only 24.3 […]

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Rain or Shine trounces Star, stays alive for a playoff spot

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Commissioner’s Cup titlist Rain or Shine lived to fight a playoff game for the last berth in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals after clobbering Star, 108-97, at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday night. The Elasto Painters built momentum in the second quarter and dominated the Hotshots in the final half in salvaging a […]

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After latest debacle, ROS character put to test

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Paul Lee dragged his heavy legs with his head down as he came out of the losing dugout at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night. The most coldblooded player in the league has never looked so vulnerable after another jarring loss pushed Rain or Shine to the brink. Lee just had one of his worst […]

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Beermen seal twice-to-beat, push Painters to the brink

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San Miguel Beer made a crucial six-point binge at endgame to scuttle Rain or Shine, 82-75, and claim an outright Top Four berth in the PBA Governors Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Saturday night. With the E-Painters threatening at 74-76, Mike Singletary drove against Maverick Ahanmisi for a vital twinner that sparked the […]

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PBA Fan of the Day: JK Casiño

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Name: JK Casiño Age: 22 Hails From: Sampaloc, Manila Favorite Team: Rain of Shine Elasto Painters Favorite Player: Paul Lee Why are you a fan of Rain or Shine: Para sakin maganda yung system ni coach Yeng

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Road Warriors rally past Painters

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Rain or Shine came with a working defensive game plan for prolific NLEX import Henry Walker Sunday. What the Elasto Painters did not see coming were the other Road Warriors, who played big roles in the latter’s come-from-behind 111-99 surprise that fanned their quarterfinals hopes in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. […]

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Rain or Shine, GlobalPort in crucial clash

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On-and-off Rain or Shine and a resurgent GlobalPort squad square off in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special in Legazpi, Albay, both out to improve their position in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. The Elasto Painters and the Batang Pier are barely in the middle of the chart as they at 5 p.m. at the Ibalong Centrum.          ROS head coach […]

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Struggling Painters have no chemistry, says Guiao

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Rain or Shine is not the premier model of consistency in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. And after a disappointing 101-87 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday, Elasto Painters head coach Yeng Guiao seemed to have had enough of his team’s inconsistent showing. “I’m a little worried because it’s our sixth game in the eliminations […]

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Kings bounce back, rip Painters

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An over-the-hump game. Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone made this description as to what they achieved in a battle with Rain or Shine Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings sprang back good enough from a double-overtime loss to San Miguel Beer, beating out Rain or Shine, 101-87, to enhance its PBA Governors Cup playoff aspiration. […]

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2016 Governors’ Cup Preview: Meralco Bolts vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

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– Meralco started their conference strong with back-to-back wins, but they have since been tripping, losing back-to-back as well to TNT and Ginebra. They have a shot at stopping their slump here as they take on the Painters. ROS, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Phoenix and Blackwater. They have the momentum heading into […]

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ROS tries to keep streak going vs Meralco

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Allen Durham is all set to flash his old form and get Meralco back on track in the PBA Governors Cup. Yet Rain or Shine is equally ready, laying down what should be an exciting tussle on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters are gunning for a third straight win, but have to hurdle a […]

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GAMES TIME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS TNT Ka Tropa 4:15 PM Game #50
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS NLEX Road Warriors 7:00 PM Game #51
WEDNESDAY, JAN 18 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:15 PM Game #52
Blackwater Elite VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7:00 PM Game #53
FRIDAY, JAN 20 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Global Port Batang Pier VS San Miguel Beermen 5:00 PM Game #54
SATURDAY, JAN 21 LAPU LAPU CITY CEBU
Alaska Aces VS Mahindra Flood Buster 4:30 PM Game #55
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel VS Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters 6:45 PM Game #56
SUNDAY, JAN 22 PHILSPORTS ARENA