Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Friday, December 7, 2012 · 7:57 pm
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was caught in heavy Friday traffic, failing to make it in time for the start of the Elasto Painters' match against Barako Bull at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
But Guiao had specific instructions for chief deputy Caloy Garcia — starting the game with seldom-used Jonathan Uyloan before bringing in the returning Paul Lee at the six minute mark in the first quarter — and the tactical moves worked to perfection in an easy 116-101 victory.
Uyloan played the game of his career, finishing with 18 points, three steals, and two blocks, while Lee played as if he hadn't missed Rain or Shine's past 18 games dating back to last season, contributing 16 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
They led six players who scored in double-figures as Rain or Shine finished the elimination round with a 9-5 record.
"Unexpected naming ma-le-late si Coach Yeng, but when he called up, we thought na baka hindi na siya umabot," said Caloy Garcia, who took over the reins of the squad. "His first instruction when he called up is to field in Paul Lee after six minutes, then have Jonathan starting for us.
"The nice thing about this win was everybody stepped up."
Jervy Cruz also scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field.
Jeff Chan and JR Quinahan each had 11 points while Beau Belga chipped in 10 for the Elasto Painters.
The loss eliminated Barako Bull (4-10) from playoff contention, giving the Air 21 Express (5-9) the last ticket to the quarterfinals.
Rain or Shine 116 -- Cruz 23, Uyloan 18, Lee 16, Chan 11,Quinahan 11, Belga 10, Tiu 8, Norwood 8, Rodriguez 4, Arana 4, Jaime 3, Matias 0, Tang 0.
Barako Bull 101 -- Seigle 21, Tubid 17, Yap 16, Kramer 15, cruz 13, Anthony 11, marcelo 8, Najorda 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarters: 32-19; 54-47; 86-66; 116-101