Smart Araneta Coliseum – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters routed the Alaska Aces last night , 120-84, in the main game of the Sunday doubleheader of the PBA Philippine Cup. The victory put both teams in the extreme ends of the standings. The Elasto Painters grabbed the league lead after the Petron Blaze Boosters lost to the Meralco Bolts in the opening game. The Aces is now at the cellar along with Shopinas.com. Both teams are winless in 4 games so far.
Among those who excelled in yesterday’s game was former UV Green Lancer J.R. Quinahan. The burly 6-6 F/C scored 19 points, grabbed 8 caroms, dished 4 assists, and made 8 of 10 shots including his lone attempt in the 3-point area. He did all in just 24 minutes of play. Fellow UV alum Ariel Mepana made his pro debut with Alaska. The rugged undersized power forward played only 4 minutes. He grabbed one rebound and missed his lone attempt at the basket and his 2 free throw attempts. Their performances mirrored how their teams played the game. Alaska’s defeat was the most lopsided in recent memory and it is something Coach Joel Banal want to forget. The Aces have not won a single game ever since long-time coach Tim Cone moved to B-Meg Llamados. Former SWU Baby Cobras Cyrus Baguio finished 13 points.
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