Rain or Shine, Globalport win PBA Governors’ Cup openers

Updated 20 August 2013
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Rain or Shine, Globalport win PBA Governors’ Cup openers

No Jeff Chan and no Gabe Norwood? No problem.
Fighting off the urge to play the two Gilas Pilipinas standouts, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao got huge performances from the others in a 79-75 decision of San Mig Coffee Wednesday night that allowed the Elasto Painters to open defense of their PBA Governors’ Cup title on a high note.
Import Arizona Reid scored 28 points and plucked down 20 rebounds to make up for 10 errors in the game and lead the Painters to a rousing debut at the Mall of Asia Arena against the very same team they conquered in a classic seven-game series last season.
Paul Lee, who wasn’t in the last five games of that series because of a dislocated shoulder, scattered 12 points, including three free throws inside the final 39.7 seconds that gave the Painters a three-point lead.
Marqus Blakely, San Mig’s hardworking import who was also here last year, played the goat for the Mixers, committing a crucial traveling violation and throwing up an airball of a three-pointer in the dying seconds that sealed their doom.
“There were scary moments for us out there, but we stayed tough,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, who won a seat as a Representative of the first district of Pampanga in the last elections, said.
“I had to hold back from using Jeff and Gabe. I know they wanted to go out there and contribute,” continued Guiao. “I took a gamble (on not using them) and it’s a good thing it paid off.”
Guiao said that Chan and Norwood had had just one practice with the Painters – on Tuesday afternoon – in the last three months since joining the National squad.
“In the third quarter, when we lost out outside touch, I thought that Jeff was the right man to take over,” Guiao said. “And when Blakely was torching us, I thought Gabe was a perfect match.
“But not playing them is still our contribution to the National team,” added Guiao. “A win is important to us, but we were thinking of the long term effect it could have on those players.”
Blakely scored 12 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Mixers surged to a 61-58 lead going into the fourth. San Mig even raced to a 69-60 lead midway through the final frame only for the Painters to come charging back.
Beau Belga, the last cut in the Gilas Pilipinas national five, drilled his only three-pointer for the game with 2:35 left which made it 73-all, before the Mixers grabbed the lead for the last time in their next possession following a Mark Barroca layup, 75-73, 1:48 left.
Chris Tiu then finished off a fastbreak coming off a Reid outlet with 64 seconds remaining, before Lee, last year’s top rookie, gave the Painters a two-point lead by hitting the first of those free throws off Blakely with 39 seconds on the clock.
Blakely traveled after that while trying to shake off Belga, and after Lee drained another charity, the San Mig import tossed up a triple try that hit nothing but air.
“AZ (Reid) got frustrated because he couldn’t hit an outside shot,” Guiao said of his import’s 10 errors. “But he buckled down to chasing down rebounds and scoring on putbacks, which is where he is best at.”
Former two-time MVP James Yap was an atrocious sight for the Mixers, hitting just 1-of-14 field goal tries on the way to eight points.
Peter June Simon was also held down to harmless numbers by the Rain or Shine defense, finishing with just nine points.
Sharing opening day honors with Rain or Shine was Globalport, which carved out a 101-94 decision of Air21 in the first game.
Import Markeith Cummings tossed in 37 markers that went with 11 rebounds and three steals and the newest Batang Pier, the veteran Jay Washington, had 15 points and nine boards.
Globalport won its conference-opening game for the second straight time, and is within another victory of matching a franchise-best two wins chalked up in the last Commissioner’s Cup where it went 2-1 after three games only to lose their remaining 11 assignments.

Zach Graham paced the Express with 31 points and 10 boards, and Nino Canaleta added 19 with Mark Isip chipping in 10.


LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

James pushes the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 26 April 2018
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LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

  • James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.

CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
DWYANE’S WORLD
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
TIP-INS:
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
UP NEXT
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.