#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: December 7, 2014

Not even Reil Cervantes’s 34 points could save Kia from NLEX’s wrath, while the Elasto-Painters ran roughshod all over the Gin Kings in 2014 PBA Philippine Cup action last night!

Big men Asi Taulava and Beau Belga both controlled their respective games last night.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

The NLEX Road Warriors survived an explosive offensive performance from Kia’s Reil Cervantes, banking on a late flurry of free throws to escape with the win, 88-80, on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Veteran center Asi Taulava had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while KG Cañaleta added 16 off the bench as NLEX snapped a three-game skid to close out their PBA Philippine Cup elimination round campaign with a 4-7 record. Cervantes had a career-high 34 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to lift the struggling Sorento, who fell to 1-10. It was a tight affair all the way, with Kia even leading at the half, 42-40, but NLEX proved steadier down the stretch, leaning on its veterans to end the elims on a high note. The Sorento did pretty well from beyond the arc here, hitting 33% of their trey attempts. Cervantes and Buensuceso combined for 7 of those threes. Buensuceso tallied 18 markers off the pine, while Bagatsing also did well in a reserve role, dropping 11 markers.
Line of the Game: Reil Cervantes - 34 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal.

Asi Taulava turns the corner against Kyle Pascual.

JR Buensuceso reacts after hitting a big trey against NLEX.

KG Canaleta attacks the defense of former collegiate rival Rich Alvarez.

The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters ensured their outright entry into the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after fending off Barangay Ginebra, 100-90, in their last elimination round assignment. Beau Belga scored a game-high 21 points, including a stretch of seven consecutive points in the fourth quarter that all but put the game away for the Painters. He connected on 4-of-6 from three-point range and grabbed five boards in the contest. Paul Lee added 16 points, while Jeff Chan and JR Quiñahan each added 11 markers for Rain or Shine, which will finish no lower than second place with a 9-2 record. Coach Yeng Guiao’s crew never trailed in this one, leading by double-digits early and never really looking back. ROS was grossly outworked on the glass here, 47-56, but they compensated by shooting 10 triples and 55% from the 2-point area. The Painters also dominated on defense, forcing 16 Ginebra turnovers and limiting the Kings to 38% FG shooting. Ginebra, for its part, was paced by LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar, each of whom scored 14 markers.

Line of the Game: Beau Belga - 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 triples.

Beau Belga hit four big threes against Ginebra last night.

Jeff Chan helped ROS clinch an automatic semis berth after beating Ginebra.

Former collegiate teammates Ryan Araña and Joseph Yeo fight for the loose ball.

Images by Nuki Sabio/PBA.

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