The three teams expected to hold a seat in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals have done their part to advance.
TNT hopes to be in the next round, too, although Rain Or Shine appears ready to crash the party.
The two squads collide at Araneta Coliseum on Friday to determine which club will battle defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the next round.
Tip-off for the TNT-Rain Or Shine game is at 7 p.m.
With its victory Thursday, top seed Meralco joined 3rd and 4th seeds Ginebra and Star. TNT, ranked No. 2, wants to avoid an upset.
Rain Or Shine got the better of TNT in their first meeting, winning 106-102 after fighting off a fourth-quarter rally by the KaTropa.
The Elasto Painters were in command by 20 points, before TNT roared back to make it a 3-point game.
With insufficient time, however, Rain Or Shine survived to force a deciding game, leaving TNT wondering if the results were different had the KaTropa not fallen behind by a lot.
“Every game is different, but we’ll just try to stick to our game plan. The coaches did a great job preparing us,” Rain Or Shine forward Gabe Norwood said in an article posted on Spin.ph.
TNT's Glen Rice Jr. said: "It's a good effort for us in the end game but that's not how we win games."
All TNT starters scored in double digits, but they had little help from the bench.
The usually reliable RR Pogoy finished with only 7 points, while Mo Tautaa was scoreless.
Rain Or Shine reserves Chris Tiu and Don Trollano each had 10 points, individually more than the entire TNT bench, which tallied only 9 points.
J'Nathan Bullock came up with his best scoring performance for Rain Or Shine, putting up 31 points and 7-of-12 3-pointers.
Overall, Rain Or Shine converted 16 3s to TNT's 9.
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