PBA: Strong bench play keys Rain Or Shine's rout of Alaska


Posted at Sep 20 2017 06:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2017 11:46 PM

James Yap and Rain Or Shine are still in the hunt for a spot in the top 4 in the PBA Governors' Cup. PBA Media Bureau

(UPDATED) Rain Or Shine banked on the solid play of its bench, as the Elasto Painters crushed Alaska 112-82 in the PBA Governors' Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Wednesday.

Led by 12 points each from Jericho Cruz and Beau Belga, Rain Or Shine's relievers outscored their Alaska counterparts 71-32 to help coach Caloy Garcia's crew raise its record to 6-4.

That means the Elasto Painters are still in play to grab a slot in the top 4 and a twice-to-beat advantage.

Rain Or Shine broke the game wide open in the second quarter, outscoring Alaska 34-18 en route to the easy win.

Garcia had the luxury of playing all 16 players and all but one of them scored.

J'Nathan Bullock tallied a team-high 14 points for Rain Or Shine.

LaDontae Henton finished with 20 points to lead Alaska, which exited the conference with a 3-8 record.

Tony dela Cruz and Dondon Hontiveros, Alaska's two oldest players, saw heavy minutes in what turned out to be their farewell game.

Dela Cruz, who turned 39 last month, played close to 33 minutes and finished with 12 points, tops among the Aces' locals.

Hontiveros, 40, saw action for 21 minutes off the bench and registered 2 points.

"I played against awesome opponents, imports, played for great coaches and played in the best league in Asia. Super honored to retire with Alaska," Dela Cruz said after the game.

Hontiveros said he cherished his final game with his teammates.

"Ine-enjoy ko muna iyong moment with my teammates and reflect on what I have learned, and what I think I can improve on as a leader, as a teammate, or as a friend," he said.

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