Rookie Gian Mamuyac treated his first game of the season with great importance.
The 6-foot Mamuyac knocked in 11 of his 17-point tally in the fourth period to power the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to a 106-94 crushing of the Terrafirma Dyip on Sunday in the 2022 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
“I prepared for this game. And we treated this as a very important game,” said Mamuyac as the Elasto Painters picked up their second straight win in three games.
The Elasto Painters were already ahead by 11, 78-67, when Mamuyac teamed up with import Steve Taylor in the last 11:10.
Mamuyac’s layup, followed by his nine straight charity shots in the remaining 7:04 handed the Elasto Painters a 91-75 spread in the remaining 9:04.
Mamuyac, who didn’t see action the previous game against Barangay Ginebra, added five rebounds and two assists.
Taylor went on to lead the Elasto Painters with 20 points, while Andrei Caracut contributed 12.
“We picked up from last game. That win gave us a lot of confidence,” said Elasto Painters’ coach Yeng Guiao.
Rain or Shine is riding on the momentum of its 93-71 triumph over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel early last week.
Lester Prosper made 20 points for Dyip, which remained winless after three outings. Terrafirma even extended its losing streak to 19 straight — which is now the second longest in league history behind the 29 of Blackwater.
The Elasto Painters were slightly ahead, 68-64, in the last three minutes of the third period when Mamuyac’s two triples with 58 ticks remaining, gave them a 75-66 edge when the last canto got under way.