RAIN or Shine sustained its resurgence on Wednesday night, beating NorthPort, 120-98, to stay in the running for a place in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Elastopainters' 0-4 start to the conference now seemed like a distant memory as the team put on a big follow-up to a shock win over Barangay Ginebra last Saturday in Lucena.
Chris Tiu and James Yap were central figures in the Elastopainters’ win but they were not alone as Terrence Watson and Beau Belga also made big contributions.
Tiu scored a career-high 23 points while Yap once again showed vintage form when he made six of seven attempts from three-point land.
“We played back-to-back good games,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. “I think what’s carrying us really is our defense, especially our import. At the start of the game, we had energy on the defensive side. That’s where our offense came from.”
Watson and Belga each contributed 21 points while Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points for Rain or Shine, which seized a 25-point lead in the second period and never wavered.
The loss ended NorthPort’s two-game winning streak as the team dropped to 2-7, spoiling the effort of Rashad Woods who had 30 points.
Rain or Shine also limited Stanley Pringle to nine points although he dished out 12 assists.
Rain or Shine 120 – Tiu 23, Belga 21, Watson 21, Yap 20, Ahanmisi 13, Norwood 10, Ponferada 5, Borboran 3, Daquioag 2, Torres 2, Washington 0.
NorthPort 98 – Woods 30, Anthony 17, Taha 14, Guinto 10, Pringle 9, Javelona 7, Grey 6, Espinas 3, Elorde 2, Gabayni 0, Arana 0, Fortuna 0.
Quarters: 35-19; 63-43; 87-71; 120-98.