Turnover-laden Mahindra squad bows down to hot-shooting Rain or Shine

Maverick Ahanmisi co-top scored for their team after scoring 14 points. Photo Courtesy of PBA Images

By Emy Manipol

QUEZON CITY--Mahindra Enforcers blew their strong start against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters as the Enforcers allowed the E-Painters to creep back to the game and steal the win, 108-94, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. 

A highlight of the match came during the sixth minute of the opening quarter as Manny Pacquiao registered his first two points of the conference.

Pacquiao’s shot was a long-two from the corner that immediately sent the crowd into frenzy. 

This also gave Mahindra a slim lead heading into the second period.

Mahindra managed to come by within three heading to the half time break as they capitalized on RoS’ turnovers. 

The Painters soon created distance as they made a 9-2 run during the opening minutes of the second half and push Mahindra into multiple turnovers.  

Rain or Shine’s bench also played stellar all throughout the match to help boost their team’s lead.

Mahindra tried to rally back into the match care of the efforts of Bradwyn Guinto but his effort fell short as the lead erected by the Painters was too much for the Enforcers. 

Balance scoring was key in RoS’ second win. Quinahan and Ahanmisi scored 14 points apiece to lead the team.

Despite the 20-point outing of Karl Dehesa of Mahindra, his breakout game was still not enough to register his squad’s first win as he failed to get support from other players. 

Rain or Shine is still undefeated after their two outings and had a 57% shooting clip as team. 

Box Scores: 

Rain or Shine (108) – QuiƱahan 14, Ahanmisi 14, Chan 12, Cruz 12, Belga 11, Almazan 9, Tiu 8, Trollano 8, Ponferada 7, Teng 6, Ibanes 4, Norwood 3, Nimes 0, Matias 0

Mahindra (94) – Dehesa 20, Ramos 14, Revilla 14, Guinto 11, Canaleta 11, Yee 11, Jaime 6, Pacquiao 2, Pinto 2, Laure 2, Pascual 1, Bagatsing 0, Hubalde 0, Alvarez 0

Quarterscores: 23-25, 48-44, 79-64, 108-94

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