It took Rain or Shine a trip down south in the Quezon province capital to gain relief.
Before a raucous capacity crowd at the Quezon Convention Center here, the Elasto Painters showed their old fire to stun the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 104-97, for a breakthrough win in the PBA Governors Cup.
Terrence Watson dished out his worthiest showing in an ROS uniform and locals Jewel Ponferada, Maverick Ahanmisi and Gabe Norwood had their solid efforts as the E-Painters ended a four-game losing spell in the season-ending tourney.
It’s a big morale-booster and confidence-builder coming at the expense of the hottest team in the tourney.
Coach Caloy Garcia hopes the victory serves as a springboard for more wins as they try to catch up.
A big third-quarter explosion and crucial stops in the crunch spelled the difference as they finally hit the win-column.
Behind a torrid shooting and a dogged effort on the defensive end, the E-Painters pulled away in the third period and displayed poise and grace in the face of a searing Ginebra chase in the fourth quarter of this Petron Saturday Roadshow.
Watson, Ponferada, Ahanmisi and Norwood were ROS’ lead lights as they topped Ginebra and sent the Kings down to 7-2.
Rain or Shine 104 – Watson 29, Ponferada 18, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 11, Belga 8, Daquioag 7, Tiu 6, Yap 6, Washington 4, Borboran 3, Onwubere 0.
Brgy. Ginebra 97 – Brownlee 23, Tenorio 15, Mariano 14, Ferrer 13, Thompson 10, Aguilar 7, Caperal 6, Chan 5, Dela Cruz 2, Caguioa 2.
Quarters: 28-28, 51-44, 87-73, 104-97.