#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: March 31, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals kicked off tonight with the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters staying true to form to beat the Meralco Bolts in Game 1.

Wayne Chism propelled ROS to a 1-0 series lead over Meralco.

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters drew contributions from up and down the roster as they outdueled Meralco, 99-86, to take a 1-0 lead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Wayne Chism scored 18 points – 14 of those in the second half – alongside 14 rebounds and 3 blocks as he led a cast of 14 different scorers for the Elasto Painters.

Paul Lee was the only other player in double-figures with 14 but five others – Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, Jervy Cruz, Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan – scored eight or more.

Jeff Chan was the only Rain or Shine player who failed to get on scoreboard.

The Elasto Painters outscored the Bolts, 25-15, in the crucial fourth quarter, which they opened with a 7-0 run to gain a double-digit advantage.

Rain or Shine, after taking the lead in the best-of-five series, is two wins away from advancing to the Commissioner’s Cup finals.

Meralco import Josh Davis struggled in this one, making just 4 of his 12 field goal attempts to finish with only 11 points. He did grab 15 rebounds, hand out 4 assists, and get 3 steals, but even those weren’t enough for Meralco to win. Cliff Hodge had 13 markers and 11 boards in support.

Line of the Game: Wayne Chism (ROS) - 18pts, 14rebs, 3asts, 3blks, 7/8 FGs.

Gary David's 14 points were far from enough to help Meralco beat ROS.

Paul Lee goes strong to the basket as the Painters defeat the Bolts in Game 1.

Wayne Chism carves some space in the paint against the Bolts.

Images from the PBA.

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