#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: June 3, 2015

Things got even more complicated in the 2015 PBA Govs’ Cup after Rain or Shine and Bgy. Ginebra notched separate wins in tonight’s pair of matches. ROS blew out the hapless Blackwater Elite, while the Gin Kings survived overtime against a game GlobalPort quintet.

Game recap (adapted from Interaksyon):

Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters led by as many as 40 points as they cruised to a lopsided victory over expansion team Blackwater, 123-85, in a PBA Governors’ Cup clash on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Wendell McKines had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while five local players finished in double-figures as Rain or Shine improved to 2-4 for the conference. Cellar-dwelling Blackwater fell to 1-6. Paul Lee set the tone early for the Elasto-Painters, scoring all 13 of his points in a stellar first quarter showing.

Several others stepped up for Rain or Shine after that. Jervy Cruz finished with 15 points, Jeff Chan added 12, while TY Tang and Beau Belga added 11 and 10 respectively in a balanced showing for the squad.

Three other ROS players – Jericho Cruz, Jeric Teng and Raymond Almazan – scored at least eight markers.

The Elasto Painters put up 61 points on the scoreboard in the first two periods despite having only one player, Lee, in double-figures. Their import, McKines, only had 7 at that point. There was no letup in the second half, though, as they pushed their lead to a high of 40 in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Douthit, who will see action for the Philippines in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, had a team-high 14 points along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Elite.

Line of the Game: Wendell McKines (ROS) - 15pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 1blk.

Eddie Laure attacks the defense of Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood.

Jervy Cruz had a big game for the Elasto-Painters.

Wendell McKines didn't need to put up monster numbers as ROS handily beat Blackwater.

Box scores.
The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings escaped with a huge victory, outdueling a tough GlobalPort side, 111-108, in overtime to boost their chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Import Orlando Johnson posted 34 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Kings, while Japeth Aguilar chipped in with a double-double of his own, finishing with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

It was Aguilar making some of the biggest plays, swatting a three-point attempt from Keith Jensen late in overtime before sinking two free throws that made it a three-point game in the dying seconds.

Jayjay Helterbrand scored 13, while Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio each added 12 for Ginebra. Caguioa also hit a big bucket in the extra period, scoring on a drive to the hoop to give the Kings a 109-108 lead with 12.3 seconds remaining. Ginebra’s new Asian import, Kim Ji-wan, finished with 11 as the team improved to 3-4 for the conference. The Batang Pier dropped down to 4-3 and were paced by Jarrid Famous’s 39 points and 28 rebounds. Omar Krayem and Terrence Romeo also put up 19 and 18 points respectively in the losing cause.

Line of the Game: Jarrid Famous (GLO) - 39pts, 28rebs, 4blks, 1ast.

Jarrid Famous gets up close and personal with Greg Slaughter.

New Asian import Kim Ji-Wan of Korea gave a good account of himself in his debut.

Orlando Johnson had another sublime double-double as the Kings notched their third win in seven tries.

Images from the PBA.

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