Taylor ,Flat Kings are attacked by Elasto Painters
Import that plays smoothly Steve Taylor Jr. led Rain or Shine to a 93-71 victory against a frigid Barangay Ginebra team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday.
Taylor scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and the squad as a whole hit 11 three-pointers as they built to a 55-28 lead at halftime and never let up after that, pulling off a major victory in a significant turnaround from a 96-90 loss to NLEX on Friday.
Taylor, a Toledo Rocket in college basketball in the United States, scored only one point in the second half after being granted an early break by coach Yeng Guiao, who had the luxury of playing his backups for the mop-up duty.
Young guns Santi Santillan and Mike Nieto took advantage of the occasion, scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively.
“It feels fantastic to have recovered from the previous defeat. Magnificent bawi, malaking isda namin, “Guiao stated after they won their first game since his return to Rain or Shine.
“Ginebra is getting a lot of attention in the media. It’s quite unlikely that you got them on an off night. Ginebra is an All-Star squad, particularly now that Jamie Malonzo has joined them. They’re going to be terrifying in the near future, “Guiao elaborated. “Sana (this victory) is genuine.”
The two teams really battled in the first quarter until the Elasto Painters went on a 30-5 run to create a 27-point lead at the half.
Steve Taylor’s Hitting
Taylor was a dynamo, hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to showcase his 20-point outburst in the first half.
He scored 21 points in his PBA debut against the Road Warriors.
Taylor on his comeback: “It worried me a lot because I knew I can shoot the ball.”
Justin Brownlee shot 1-of-11 in the first half before hitting the mark and finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists.
Malonzo scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his Ginebra debut.
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