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Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rally from a slow start to defeat Blackwater, 110-103

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LATE RALLY. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rally from a slow start to overcome Blackwater, 110-103, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday, April 6, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. PBA PHOTO

Rain or Shine demonstrated resilience and determination, rallying from a slow start to secure a hard-earned 110-103 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup clash at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday.

Despite trailing early in the game, the Elasto Painters found their rhythm in the second half, led by Santi Santillan, Beau Belga, and Jhonard Clarito. Coach Yeng Guiao praised his team’s ability to bounce back from a sluggish start, emphasizing their strong performances in the second half throughout their recent winning streak.

Guiao pointed out that Rain or Shine has consistently performed well in the second half of games. Despite slow starts in their three recent victories, the team demonstrated resilience by overcoming difficulties with rebounding and free throw shooting to secure wins.

Despite surrendering 21 offensive rebounds and struggling at the free throw line, the Elasto Painters managed to make crucial plays down the stretch to secure the victory. Santillan led all scorers with 28 points, including 17 in the second half, while Belga contributed 21 points to support Rain or Shine’s comeback effort.

Rey Suerte led Blackwater with 20 points, while former Rain or Shine player Rey Nambatac added 13 points before fouling out late in the game. Nambatac’s early surge helped Blackwater establish a significant lead, but Rain or Shine remained composed and focused on executing their game plan.

The turning point came with Rain or Shine’s 10-0 run, sparked by Clarito’s scoring outburst, which propelled them to a decisive lead in the fourth quarter. Despite Blackwater’s attempts to close the gap, the Elasto Painters maintained their composure and executed effectively in critical moments.

Guiao explained that the team focused on enhancing their defensive efforts and executing more effectively on offense, emphasizing their commitment to improving their overall performance throughout the game.

For Blackwater, the loss marked their third consecutive defeat following a strong 3-0 start to the season, highlighting the challenges they face in regaining momentum. Head coach Jeff Cariaso, in his 100th game as a PBA head coach, emphasized the need for improvement as they prepare to face Barangay Ginebra in their next matchup.

Rain or Shine’s victory extends their winning streak to three games after an initial 0-4 start, showcasing their ability to adapt and excel under pressure. 

The boxscores:

Rain or Shine 110 – Santillan 28, Belga 21, Clarito 16, Caracut 12, Mamuyac 8, Demusis 7, Norwood 6, Borboran 6, Ildefonso 5, Nocum 1, Asistio 0, Belo 0.

Blackwater 103 – Suerte 20, Nambatac 13, Kwekuteye 11, Rosario 10, Tungcab 9, Casio 9, Hill 7, Chua 6, David 6, Guinto 5, Ilagan 5, Sena 2, Escoto 0.

Quarterscores: 22-28, 49-54, 80-84, 110-103

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