Rain or Shine beats Air 21, Alaska beats Ginebra to reach Governors' Cup semis

Photo Credit: Sports 5 / Paul Ryan Tan

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters routed Air 21 Express, while Alaska Aces overpowered Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to secure the remaining two slots in the semifinals of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

Rain or Shine reached the semis for the fourth straight conference after beating Air 21, 111-90 in the first game.

Arizona Reid, on his third stint in the PBA for RoS, scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists.

Paul Lee had 14 points, nine in the fourth that helped the Painters to their 6th straight win in the conference.

Larry Rodriguez and Ryan Araña contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively for Rain or Shine to become the third team with a twice-to-beat advantage to march to the semifinal round.

In a losing effort, import Dominique Sutton led the Air 21 with a game-high 35 points and 18 rebounds.

Eloy Poligrates finished the night with 18 points for the Express, while center Asi Taulava, who had been force inside the shaded area, was limited to 11 points.

Meanwhile, Air 21, who debuted on the 2011-2012 season in the PBA, broke its silence, finally admitting that the team was in deep negotiation with NLEX managements for the sale of the franchise.

Photo Credit: Sports 5 / Paul Ryan Tan

Alaska Aces, which suffered a 51-point loss to Rain or Shine in the elimination round, secured a 92-81 win over the crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra to complete the cast for semifinal round.

Six players scored at least 11 points for the Aces led by JVee Casio with 15 points, who converted 3-of-5 three-point shots.

Gabby Espinas, Dondon Hontiveros, Calvin Abueva and the birthday boy Vic “The Muscleman” Manuel score 12 points apiece while Sonny Thoss added 11 points.

Alaska import Henry Walker settled only seven points with 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists.

Ginebra were still on top 21-14 when explosive import Zach Mason sustained a knee injury when he fell hard on the floor in the second quarter.

Mason’s injury forced Ginebra to go all-Filipino. The Alaska took the advantage and led by as much as 54-38 midway in the third period.

Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra with 18 points and seven rebounds, while 7-foot-tall rookie center Greg Slaughter scored 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Mac Baracael and Dylan Ababou each contributed 10 points.

The victory by the Alaska Aces completed the Governors’ Cup semifinals cast with Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters, San Mig Coffee Mixers and Rain or Shine winning the first 3 slots to the final four.

The San Mig Coffee and the Talk N’ Text will begin their best-of-five semifinals matchup on Thursday night at 8 p.m.

The Rain or Shine will go up against Alaska also in a best-of-five series that begins Friday night.

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