PBA Roundup: December 11, 2011

JR Quiñahan challenges the shot of former
Smart-Gilas standout Mac Baracael.

*All images by Nuki Sabio/PBA.ph 

Rain or Shine has a set meeting with Barangay Ginebra and now has ample reason to look forward to that. The Elasto Painters put their acts together in the second half to beat the Alaska Aces to formally wind up their elimination round assignments.

Beau Belga and Ronjay Buenafe each scored 14 points to lead the balanced Rain or Shine attack that took full form only in the latter stages of the second half, enough to take the wind out of Alaska's sails. The victory formally gave the Elasto Painters a 9-5 win-loss slate at the end of the eliminations as they primed up for the best-of-three duel with former series tormentor Ginebra in the quarterfinals starting Friday.

Cyrus Baguio scored a game-high 21 points to lead Alaska, which put up a decent fight despite the match having no bearing for the team long eliminated from the race to the quarterfinals. The Aces formally wound up with a 3-11 slate, marking only the third time in 32 conferences they failed to advance past the elims. The last time was in the 2009 Fiesta Conference.

Rain or Shine prized rookie Paul Lee also sat out the game to fully heal a bruised left shin. His absence was hardly felt as Larry Rodriguez, Jervy Cruz and Ronnie Matias each added at least 10 points to Rain or Shine's cause. Belga added 8 rebounds while Rodriguez chipped in 12 points, 7 boards and 4 dimes.

ROS 91 - Belga 14, Buenafe 14, Rodriguez 12, Cruz 10, Matias 10, Chan 8, Uyloan 6, Arana 6, Norwood 4, Quianahan 4, Tang 3, Jaime 0.
ALA 85 - Baguio 21, Tenorio 12, Thoss 12, Reyes 11, Eman 9, Custodio 8, Sotto 8, Salamat 2, Baracael 2, Pasculado 0.
QS: 19-20, 42-42, 70-66, 91-85

Ryan Aranna and the Elasto-Painters scrape their way
into the quarterfinals after beating the Aces.
Samigue Eman, when will you rise to become
at least a top 5 center in the Philippines?

Gaining the needed help from Barangay Ginebra, B-Meg emerged the top notcher at the close of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination phase at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. The Ginebra Kings downed the Talk n Text Tropang Texters and made the B-Meg Llamados the top seed in the playoffs beginning Wednesday. B-Meg and Talk n Text actually finished with identical 10-4 win-loss slates, but the former clinched elims top honors with a superior quotient.

Ginebra outfought Talk n Text in the payoff period as the Kings sustained their hot romp, clinching a fifth straight win to close their elims stint. Mark Caguioa, Mike Cortez, JC Intal, Enrico Villanueva and Willy Wilson did the job, fueling the Kings’ blazing finish. All these five players piled up at least 14 points each. They combined for all but two of Ginebra’s 32-point output in the final canto.

The Kings were down by two at 67-69 before Intal, Wilson, Cortez, Caguioa and Villanueva teamed up in a furious attack that opened a 90-77 bulge for Ginebra entering the last three minutes of the game.

GIN 96 - Caguioa 18, Cortez 17, Intal 15, Villanueva 15, Wilson W. 14, Mamaril 8, Labagala 4, Canaleta 3, Tubid 2, Maliksi 0, Cervantes 0, Wilson J. 0.
TNT 82 - Castro 14, Dillinger 12, Williams 12, Carey 12, Fonacier 10, Aguilar 7, Reyes 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 4, Alvarez 2, Weinstein 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 23-20, 41-45, 64-65, 96-82

Three former Ateneo Blue Eagles clash in the skies
as the Kings bounce the Texters.
Rob Labagala manages to hoist one amidst the trees.
Not even the return of Jayson Castro, Jared Dillinager,
and Ryan Reyes could propel TNT past Ginebra.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph
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