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Pierre Henderson-Niles: The Late comer but the great fit

In the 2016 Commissioners cup The Rain or shine Elasto Painters selected Wayne Chism as their import but there is a little problem, Wayne Chism lost a lot of weight compared to his last stint here in the last year’s Commissioners cup. Coach yeng guiao said that it is not a problem for him, because his team is running the run and gun offense.

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Unfortunately, Wayne Chism Suffered a Hamstring injury in just the first 2 games of the Elasto Painters. So then they picked Antoine Wright as their replacement import to Wayne Chism, but picking Wright was actually a wrong choice for the Elasto painters for they lost 3 out of 4 games with him. So they released Antoine wright and replaced him with Mo Charlo who then meets the expectation of Coach yeng. The Rain or shine won their 4 of 5 games with him averaging at 21.6 ppg, 9.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

When everyone thought that Rain or shine already found a stable import for them to parade in the whole Commissioners Cup, Coach yeng suddenly let Mo Charlo go and Brought in the Hulking Pierre Henderson-Niles.

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Many were surprised on why Coach yeng changed their import in the late part of the elimination rounds. Coach yeng said that Pierre Henderson-Niles is the safest bet if they want to go far in the playoffs for he has the Size, post move and decent outside shooting that the Rain or shine needs.

Well I guess Coach yeng made a great move on getting Pierre Henderson-Niles because a big man who could push Junemar and Greg away from the paint is really what they need. Yes they do have Beau Belga who is as large as Henderson-Niles, but we’ve seen how Belga plays. He doesn’t post up that often, He’s more of a face up type of player and lastly even though with the big size, he is having a hard time warding off Junemar fajardo and Greg slaughter without getting a Foul.

“What about JR Quinahan?” Yes JR Quinahan is a part of that Extra rice Inc. but have you noticed his extreme weight loss? With the height like that and a slimmed body, you won’t have a chance on defending the opposing team’s big guys but I have to credit JR’s improved game due to his weight loss, infairness to him he is becoming one of the RoS’ main gunners.

Now we go back to Henderson-Niles, if you watched the quarterfinals game against Ginebra, you can say that he really has that post up move and can easily push Greg Slaughter away which causes the Ginebra to double team him and let his team mates be open. Also Niles provides a heavy screen which is crucial on the Offense they are running because their guards could easily break away from the defender because of the Screen given to them by the Wide body Henderson-Niles. As the result, Rain or shine defeated Ginebra San Miguel 2-0 in their Quarterfinals Match-up.

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In the Semis matchup against San Miguel, It’s a different story already because right now Niles is being defended by Junemar Fajardo or the san miguel’s import Tyler Wilkerson, but as we all see he can hold his ground against Fajardo and Wilkerson still doing the old post up moves but it really works well with Rain Or Shine. Now the Rain or shine is sitting on a 2-1 lead on a best-of-5 series, and a win away they can book their ticket again to the Finals.

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I remember the last championship of Rain or shine which was in the 2012 Governor’s cup, on where they picked Jamelle Cornley as their import. Cornley has that same game, Henderson-Niles have but of course Cornley is smaller and lighter. Then they have won the Championship defeating the Bmeg into a do-or-die game.

What I’m trying to say here is that it doesn’t matter if Henderson-Niles came late for the Rain or shine as long as he can be give Rain or shine the things that they are lacking Offensively and Defensively. With the Inside Presence of Niles, resurgence of JR Quinahan, The improvement of the rookie Ahanmisi, the Bench Contribution of Jericho Cruz and the Sharpshooting of Jeff Chan. I’m quite confident that they could bring another championship for the franchise.


Alaska-RoS: The Kontrapelo Matchup

The San miguel beermen are enjoying a 2-0 lead while on the other series the Alaska Aces and the Rain or shine Elasto Painters are really fighting for the lead. Alaska just won game 3 which makes it a 2-1 standing but as far as the matchup is concerned, this won’t be a easy semis for both teams.

Why is that?

First I’m going to give you a brief detail about the Alaska Aces:

Alaska Aces lead by their head coach Alex compton is now using the full court press as their primary defense, at the start of the conference it’s been very evident that Alaska is going for that Press defense against all team and it turns out to be great for the team. Also they have a good bench which produces good numbers even with limited minutes given to them (special mention to Banchero, Eman and Exeminiano). And I would like to mention their offense, their offense is a ‘Free flowing’ style of offense which allows the players to make their decision in the court but having some default plays given by the coach, this would benefit a lot of their players especially Calvin Abueva. Abueva is not the player you would want in the triangle because it’s like you’re putting a chain on him and preventing him to explode. That’s what happened on Abueva during the helm of Coach Luigi Trillo, on the triangle abueva wasn’t able to release the beast because it’s not his gamestyle. Same goes for other players like Baguio and Espinas. Now look at what abueva is doing inside the court, He’s dominating the boards and scoring also providing Alaska a much needed energy and hustles. Now look at where are they now, they’re 2-1 in the semis

But let us not forget their Rivals for this Semi-final matchup, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters:

After the loss on the last season’s Governors Cup, Rain or shine decided to change their gamestyle from pick and roll, to Run and gun offense. Coach yeng might’ve realize that his men are capable of running (Well let’s exclude the Extra rice Inc.) and they are lacking of height. It was evident during their finals Match against San mig coffee where the big guys of SMC like Devance, Reavis and Yancy De Ocampo are dominating the bigs of Coach yeng. But the change in offense did not boggle Rain or Shine, instead it looked great for them because they finished the elimination rounds in 2nd place earning them the right to automatic Semis. Anyway, This run and gun offense can really compliment RoS because of their lineup with Raymond Almazan (6’9) only their LEGIT big guy and the rest are 6’6 below, They really have no choice but to fasten up the pace of their offense, or else other team who has a lot of big men will just eat them up.

Now why with the Kontrapelo Matchup?

It’s because of their contrasting style, Rain or shine uses the Run and gun as their offense and the Alaska using their Full court press as their defense. When Alaska Presses Rain or shine, the tendency is that Rain or shine will have to slow down because they might force a turn over but there is also a bad effect on the Full court press, If Rain or shine Breaks the press, then some of its players will have a wide space for them to drive or a kick out (if the help defense came) and might leave one RoS Player open for a trey or a easy drive to the basket.

Also it’s the style of both coaches, Yeng Guiao is the type of Coach who would field all of his available players. That is also what Coach Alex’ Becoming, During the Elimination round, we can see Sam Eman, Exemeniano, Banchero and Dela Cruz playing in the court, sometimes not just for a breather but taking over the starting 5 or the second stringers.

Now with the Kontrapelo Matchup, I guess it’s up to the players if they want to win and who has hunger to win but one thing is for sure, It’s going to be a Long series and expect a lot of Physicality and Ejections. Yes, Ejections just like earlier, Coach Yeng and Beau Belga are ejected for receiving 2 Technical Fouls. Now it’s just Game 3 of the series, and Expect more of that in the latter part of this series.