BUOYED by a bubble debut win over the reigning champs, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters hardly had difficulty making it two in a row, pulling off a near wire-to-wire 91-82 triumph over TerraFirma Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the AUF Gym (powered by Smart 5G) in Angeles City.
The Elasto Painters took care of business, with Rey Nambatac, Beau Belga, Javee Mocon and Gabe Norwood leading their attack against the Dyip that they sent to a 0-2 hole.
Nambatac, who struggled the last time but redeemed himself in the end with a big trey at endgame, played a sustained effort against the Dyip, firing away a team-high 19 points, including another clutch triples that settled the outcome of the game.
"Ang mindset ko bounce back from a bad game against San Miguel. First five ako at nagging aggressive ako agad; doon ako kumuha ng rhythm at timing," said Nambatac, also coming through with three assists, two rebounds and two steals against one error in helping the E-Painters follow up their 87-83 conquest of the Beermen Tuesday.
Mocon, Belga and Norwood scored 14 points apiece in a steady ROS offense that got contributions from almost everybody.
TerraFirma, meanwhile, drew firepower practically only from CJ Perez (26 points), Juami Tiongson (15), Roosevelt Adams (10) and Glenn Khobuntin (12) as the Dyip reeled to a second straight loss after a 101-112 defeat at the hands of the TNT Tropang Giga also on Tuesday.
Norwood played big off the bench, going 6-of-11 from the field and adding six boards and four dole-outs. He skied for an off-the-ball jam early in the fourth, sparking a run that had ROS enjoying its biggest spread at 82-66.
"To be honest, yung panalo namin against San Miguel, malaking bagay going to this game. Doon kami kumuha ng magandang rhythm," said Nambatac.
His good rhythm saw him rifle in back-to-back treys entering the homestretch.
"Hopefully, yung kumpiyansa madala pa namin sa mga susunod na laro," said the former Letran stalwart.
ROS coach Caloy Garcia said they're still in the process of adapting to the unique bubble play, with a number of his players still trying to get in shape including two-time league MVP James Yap.
Yap played a little over 14 minutes against the Dyip and got four markers and three rebounds against four turnovers.
Their defensive ploy working, the E-Painters held the Dyip to 34 points in the first half on a poor 28-percent clip.
The E-Painters were also efficient on board work, outrebounding the Dyip, 32-24, and enjoying an 8-1 advantage on second-chance points as they took the half at 44-34.
Rain or Shine 91 - Nambatac19, Norwood 14, Mocon 14, Belga 14,Onwubere 8, Rosales 6, Yap 4, Torres 4, Wong 3, Ponferada 3, Borboran 2, Rivero 0, Tolentino 0, Doliguez 0, Arana 0.
Terrafirma 82 - Perez 26, Tiongson 15, Khobuntin 12, Adams 10, Cahilig 7, Ramos 6, Camson 5, Celda 1, Calvo 0, McCarthy 0, Faundo 0, Gabayni 0, Agovida 0, Batiller 0, Balagasay 0.
Quarters: 19-16, 44-34, 66-58, 91-82.