ANTIPOLO CITY - TnT Katropa snapped Rain or Shine's winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup after administering a 100-92 beating Sunday night at the Ynares Center.
Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and the returning Jericho Cruz sparked a big second quarter Katropa run to turn the game around and cruise to their fourth win in seven outings.
The Katropa outscored the Elasto Painters in the final 12 minutes of the first half, 33-19, to take control of the game for good.
Rain or Shine suffered only its second loss in the tournament but saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.
It also lost its share of the lead in the standings now being held by idle Phoenix Fuel Masters (7-1).
The month-long break obviously played to the advantage of the Katropa, according to coach Bong Ravena.
"We've been practicing really very hard nung break namin. Naka-ilang tune-up games kami, maybe three games kami nung long break," said Ravena of the Katropa, who last played ob Feb. 3 in an 80-75 win over Magnolia.
Castro had half of his game-high 20 points during that crucial second quarter breakway. He also 10 assists and just three rebounds short of completing a triple-double with seven boards.
Rosario also added 20 and six rebounds, Cruz with 15 in his comeback game after straining his hamstring that kept him out for almost a month.
Ryan Reyes went 3-of-7 from three-point range to finish with 10 for the Katropa, who paraded new acquisition Jay Washington but played minus ace guard Roger Pogoy, out with a flu.
James Yap paced the Elasto Painters with 18 points, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, Maverick Ahanmisi contributed 14 points, while with 11 each were Ed Daquioag and rookie JayJay Alejandro in his best game as a pro.
The Elasto Painters however, were hurt by their 23-of-40 shooting from the foul (57 percent).
TnT Katropa (100) - Castro 20, Rosario 20, Cruz 15, Reyes 10, Trollano 7, Washington 6, Taha 6, Heruela 6, Williams 5, Semerad 3, Carey 2.
Rain or Shine (92) - Yap 18, Ahanmisi 14, Daquioag 11, Alejandro 11, Mocon 10, Ponferada 7, Rosales 6, Belga 6, Torres 3, Borboran 2, Maiquez 2, Nambatac 2, Norwood 0, Onwubere 0.
Quarterscores: 23-20; 56-39; 75-65; 100-92.