#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: February 14, 2015

Paul Lee was the man of the hour for the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters, who handed the Purefoods Star Hotshots their firs loss of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night!

Birthday boy Paul Lee towed the Painters to the big out-of-town win over the Hotshots.

Game recap (adapted from PBA.Inquirer):

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Rain or Shine just added another interesting mark in its brewing rivalry with Purefoods Star as the Elasto Painters ended the Hotshots’ unbeaten run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup via a 78-71 decision in a Petron Blaze-sponsored road game at the Dipolog Sports Center here Saturday night.

The Elasto Painters overcame early fouls on their key frontline players and Daniel Orton’s huge 23-point and 23-rebound performance as Rain or Shine came out to stop another Purefoods romp.

Rain or Shine improved to fifth place at 3-2, while dragging Purefoods down to second place at 4-1, behind Meralco (4-0).

For the record, the E-Painters themselves halted the Hotshots’ four-game streak during the eliminations in the last Philippine Cup, and while Yeng Guiao, then head coach of Red Bull, also stood as the stopper of Purefoods’ franchise best start of seven straight wins in the 2007-08 all-Filipino tourney.

It was another physical and emotional battle between the two teams marred by one flagrant foul, one technical foul, a double-foul and the crucial sidelining by James Yap for majority of the second half.

Paul Lee celebrated his 26th birthday with an 18-point performance with Rich Jackson, Jeff Chan, and Beau Belga also churning out double-digit outputs as the E-Painters beat out the Hotshots in a duel of spurts.

Daniel Orton paced Purefoods with 23 points and just as many rebounds. He also blocked 7 shots, while Mark Barroca and Allein Maliksi scored a total of 21 points in support.

Line of the Game: Daniel Orton (PUR) - 23pts, 23rebs, 7blks, 2asts, 1stl.

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