Jul 28, 2021

Alaska ends losing streak, holds RoS to lowest franchise output

ALASKA dealt Rain or Shine a severe beating for its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Aces held the Elasto Painters to their lowest output in franchise history following a 74-48 win and snapped out of a two-game slump on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Rodney Brondial scored 10 of his game-high 13 points in the first half, while Abu Tratter submitted a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds to show the way for the Aces in the lowest scoring PBA game in the last eight years since Petron downed Shopinas, 60-53, in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup.

Alaska improved to an even 2-2 record, while stopping the Elasto Painters on their tracks after starting the season with three straight victories.

"I want to commend the guys for not being too low even after losing two games," said coach Jeffrey Cariaso of his team, which suffered back-to-back losses against Magnolia and Phoenix.

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"They stayed focus watching video sessions and stayed focus with two days of practice.

Rain or Shine failed to recover after a flat start that saw the team scored just 23 points at half time - second all-time lowest output in a half - and 39 points after three quarters - also second all-time lowest score thru three quarters according to PBA Chief Statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

When it was over, more ignominious records were broken by the Elasto Painters.

Their 48-point output is the second all-time lowest behind the 47 of Formula Shell in a loss against Mobiline during the 2000 All-Filipino Cup.

Rain or Shine's 20.9 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-86) is likewise the lowest in franchise history and second all-time, dislodging the 21.0 percent established by NorthPort in the season opener following a loss to Meralco.

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Adrian Wong scored nine points to show the way for Rain or Shine as no Elasto Painters were good enough to finish in double figures in scoring. (RG)