Rain or Shine is back in a good position to claim a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals after posting a strong 8-3 (win-loss) closing card in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.
Beau Belga struggled with a 1-of-6 field-goal shooting and 2-of-4 clip from the stripe but grabbed big rebounds at the finish as Elasto Painters checked a two-game slide and squeezed out an 88-85 win over the Meralco Bolts at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday night.
The E-Painters, however, still have to wait awhile to know their fate since the San Miguel Beermen, the TNT KaTropa and the Barangay Ginebra Kings are three teams that can still catch up.
In case of whatever deadlock, the quotient system of breaking ties will be applied.
Finding themselves in a deeper bind were the Bolts who dropped down to 10th place at 3-6.
The Bolts had a chance to salvage the game but Baser Amer missed a three-point attempt in the closing seconds.
Rain or Shine 88 – Yap 14, Daquioag 12, Ahanmisi 10, Mocon 10, Torres 9, Rosales 8, Nambatac 7, Borboran 6, Norwood 5, Belga 4, Ponferada 3.
Meralco 85 – Salva 18, Hugnatan 16, Faundo 10, Amer 10, Hodge 8, Newsome 7, Canaleta 7, Jackson 7, Quinto 2, Pinto 0, Tolomia 0.
Quarterscores: 20-26, 44-35, 66-65, 88-85.