Rain or Shine and Magnolia are quite a pair with their interesting history of playoff battles and intriguing player matchups.
All of these come to the fore as the Elasto Painters and the Hotshots clash in their side of a best-of-seven showdown in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Final Four that fires off Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
One of Rain or Shine’s two titles came at the expense of the San Mig/Purefoods franchise in the 2012 Governors Cup. Magnolia, on the other hand, twice crushed ROS in the finals in their grand slam season in 2013-14.
And they have had other riveting playoff battles, the last one in the 2016-17 Commissioner’s Cup where the Hotshots swept aside the Elasto Painters in the quarters.
They have had classic matches, counting their initial tiff in the tourney on Feb. 13 where the E-Painters squeezed out a 75-74 triumph as James Yap beat out Paul Lee in a fierce exchange of big baskets at the finish.