Rain or Shine leaned on the explosive start of Norbert Torres and never looked back on the way to a 93-80 manhandling of the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 2 of their best-of-seven semifinal series, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters thus took a 2-0 lead going into Game 3 which is set on Tuesday also at the Big Dome.
Making the most out of the extended minutes given him due to the continued absence of Raymond Almazan due to calf injury, the 29-year old Torres shot 5 out of 6 from the field including a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point country to spark Rain or Shine’s early uprising that set the tone for the match.
The 6-foot-6 Fil-Canadian scored 13 points in the 1st quarter alone as the Elasto Painters established control of the game. He finished with 16 to go along with 5 boards, a steal and a block.
Ed Daquiaog led the team in scoring with 19 markers while Rey Nambatac and Gabe Norwood contributed 12 and 10 respectively.
James Yap finished with 8 points, 6 coming from long distance, as he moved past Dondon Hontiveros at number 4 in the all-time list for most three-pointers made with 1,138.
Ian Sangalang and Robbie Herndon shared top scoring honors for the Hotshots with 13 points apiece.
Rain or Shine 93 – Daquioag 19, Torres 16, Nambatac 12, Norwood 10, Yap 8, Mocon 7, Rosales 6, Borboran 6, Ponferada 3, Alejandro 3, Maiquez 2, Belga 1, Onwubere 0.
Magnolia 80 – Sangalang 13, Herndon 13, Lee 12, Calisaan 10, Dela Rosa 7, Melton 5, Brondial 4, Ramos 3, Abundo 3, Reavis 2, Barroca 2, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Jalalon 2.
Quarterscores: 19-18, 50-41, 73-57, 93-80.