Beau Belga's double-double performance helped Rain Or Shine fend off Meralco 85-72 in the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Stadium in Pasig City on Saturday.
Belga scored 17 points on 7-of-11 field-goal shooting to go with 10 rebounds for the Elasto Painters.
Javee Mocon scored 18 points.
It was Belga who orchestrated a second quarter surge that completed the Elasto Painters' fightback from an early 10-point deficit.
Rey Nambatac and Norbert Torres also joined the scoring barrage to hike Rain or Shine's lead to 82-61 lead before cruising to their third win.
"I'm really grateful na our best players, sila Beau, sila Gabe (Norwood), Javee, Rey, they set the standard from Day 1. And I've said it before, when your best players are your hardest workers your culture gets set organically," said E-Painters coach Chris Gavina in the PBA website.
The Elasto Painters now hold the solo top spot with a clean 3-0 record, while relegating the Bolts to No. 2 with a 2-1 win-loss slate.
Meanwhile, Vic Manuel carried the load for Phoenix in the Super LPG's 101-93 win over former team Alaska.
Manuel exploded for 26 points while hauling down 12 rebounds, while stepping up for the absence of injured Matthew Wright.
"Sabi sa akin ni coach (Topex Robinson) hindi maglalaro si Matt so sabi niya, ikaw muna, kaya talagang kumpyansa ako, mataas kasi tiwala sa kin ni Coach Topex, ng coaching staff at mga teammates ko," said Manuel.
It was Phoenix's first win in 3 games.
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