PBA: Rain Or Shine catches last train to quarterfinals

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Posted at Feb 03 2017 09:24 PM | Updated as of Feb 04 2017 03:44 AM

Jay Washington scored 15 points for Rain Or Shine, which will face San Miguel in the quarterfinal round. Photo from the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA (UPDATE) — Rain Or Shine banked on an aggressive second quarter to hand Blackwater a 103-80 beatdown at Araneta Coliseum on Friday and grab the final ticket to the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

The Elasto Painters led by as many as 19 points, while limiting Blackwater’s prized rookie Mac Belo to just 6.

Jay Washington scattered 15 points for the Elasto Painters, scoring perfectly with his 6-of-6 free throw shooting. He also brought down 8 rebounds.

Quarterfinals schedule
 February 4, Mall of Asia
3 p.m. — (4) TNT vs (5) GlobalPort
5:15 p.m. — (3) Star vs (6) Phoenix
 February 5, Ynares Center
4:30 p.m. — (1) San Miguel vs (8) Rain Or Shine
6:45 p.m. — (2) Alaska vs (7) Ginebra
 February 6, Araneta Coliseum
4:15 p.m. — (3) Star vs (6) Phoenix
7 p.m. — (4) TNT vs (5) GlobalPort

Mike Tolomia had an impressive outing for Rain or Shine, which will face league-leader San Miguel in the quarterfinals, firing 14 points, while Jericho Cruz completed a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was pretty even until Rain or Shine caught fire late in the first half to post a 9-point advantage, 45-36.

Art de la Cruz had 20 points for the Elite, who lost 5 of their last 6 games to close the tournament.

Thus Rain or Shine joined early qualifiers San Miguel, Alaska Milk, Star, TNT KaTropa, GlobalPort, Phoenix Petroleum and Barangay Ginebra in the top 8.

The Elasto Painters, however, will face the difficult task of beating the league-leading Beermen two in a row to advance to the semifinals.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 103 - Washington 15, Tolomia 14, Cruz 12, Chan 12, Belga 12, Ahanmisi 11, Norwood 7, Ponferada 6, Maiquez 6, Tiu 4, Yap 2, Trollano 2, Robles 0.

BLACKWATER 80 - Dela Cruz 20, Pinto 13, Buenafe 12, Cervantes 9, Sena 8, Belo 6, Miranda 6, Gamalinda 4, Aguilar 2, Pascual 0, Banal 0, Forrester 0.

Quarterscores: 16-16, 45-36, 68-56, 103-80

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