Rain or Shine outlasts TNT, 82-79


PBA Media Bureau

Beau Belga bulked up for the season in preparation for tougher, harder matchups. And he was up to task at least in their season debut.

The former Philippine Christian U stalwart came through with 14 points and five rebounds, and nailed a big trey in their crucial run entering the homestretch as Rain or Shine smothered TNT KaTropa, 82-79, for a winning start in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday night.

Sophomore pro Ed Daquiaog also drained a trey while Maverick Ahanmisi scored on a reversed layup in their key attack from a 68-all standoff, and the Elasto Painters rolled on for a winning start in the tourney where they finished eighth last year.

Belga, Chris Tiu, Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood paced the E-Painters with a combined output of 48 points as the E-Painters overcame the TNT squad which narrowly missed the Philippine Cup finals last year.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 82 – Belga 14, Tiu 12, Norwood 11, Almazan 11, Ahanmisi 9, Daquioag 8, Nambatac 5, Borboran 5, Trollano 4, Ponferada 3, Yap 0, Maiquez 0.

TALK N’ TEXT 79 – Castro 18, Pogoy 16, Semerad 13, Williams 11, Rosario 8, Reyes 7, Torres 4, Tautuaa 2, Tallo 0, Nuyles 0, Carey 0.

Quarterscores: 20-20, 43-37, 62-51, 82-79.


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