Philippine Basketball Association
2010 Fiesta Conference
B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Derby Ace wins 86-84
Led by Solomon Mercado with 45 points, Rain or Shine almost made a big comeback after being down most of the game, only to lose by two points to the B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados, 86-84 Derby Ace had the chance to seal the game from the free throw line, but Rookie Rico Maierhofer missed two free throws and gave ROS a chance to steal the game but Gabe Norwood misses a long three and Derby Ace notched its tenth win to close the gap with league leading Talk N Text and San Miguel.
Derby Ace Import Clif Brown had another monster game with 23 rebounds (15 offensive) and 18 points, but was only 8 out of 20 from the field. The duo of James Yap (20points) and Paul Artadi (15 points and 7 assists), both from UE helped Derby Ace take control of the game for the 1st three quarters, both making 4 three point shots to keep Rain or Shine at bay.
Rain or Shine made a run in the final six minutes of the game behind Mercado who was 7 out of 10 from 3-point range (22 in the 4th quarter), but no other ROS player scored in double digits. The awful free throw shooting of Derby Ace as a team also helped Rain or Shine inch closer, missing 10 free throws in the game. including the last 2 by Maierhofer.
Known for his offense, James Yap made a crucial defensive play at the end of the 4th quarter, guarding Sol Mercado and forcing him to miss a three.
Derby Ace 86 – Yap J. 20, Brown 18, Artadi 15, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Yap R. 6, Maierhofer 4, Allado 4, Simon 2, Canaleta 1.
Rain or Shine 84 – Mercado 45, Norwood 9, Chan 7, Arana 7, Cruz 6, Reyes 5, Lewis 3, Ibanes 2, Tang 0, Laure 0, Hrabak 0.
Quarters: 23-14, 53-37, 67-51, 86-84