#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Playoffs Roundup: December 20, 2014

The 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series between Alaska and Rain or Shine was leveled earlier tonight after the Elasto-Painters turned back the Aces in Game 2. Undersized big man Jervy Cruz and unheralded guard Jonathan Uyloan were huge, leading ROS in the critical victory.

Jervy Cruz was a pillar of strength for ROS in Game 2.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters once again saw a large margin slip away against Alaska but did enough this time to preserve the victory, 102-95, and level their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at 1-all.

Jervy Cruz notched game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jonathan Uyloan added 18 as Rain or Shine bounced back from a Game One loss last Thursday. Gabe Norwood also had a strong game with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in a well-rounded effort for Rain or Shine. Paul Lee added 13 points, including two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, in the win.

Rain or Shine led by 19 points at the halftime break but allowed Alaska to come back to within five points in the fourth quarter, but Norwood and Lee hit some key free throws in the dying minutes to hold off the Aces’ charge.

Alaska won the battle of the boards, 53-45, but this was offset by the Aces’ 25 turnovers. The Painters pounced on Alaska’s mistakes, scoring 17 points off turnovers. ROS also hit 9 triples compared to just 6 for the Aces.

Vic Manuel did well for coach Alex Compton’s crew here, dropping 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Eric Menk added 18 markers and 9 boards. Major Pain, however, turned the ball over 7 times.

Line of the Game: Jervy Cruz - 19pts, 12rebs, 1ast, 9/13 FGs.

Paul Lee goes up strong against Calvin Abueva.

Eric Menk turned back the clock in Game 2, but it was to no avail.

Images by Nuki Sabio/PBA.

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