Rain or Shine sustained its surge all the way from the elimination round, repeating over Magnolia Pambansang Manok, 84-77, in the opener of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
A number of times, Beau Belga flexed his muscles after a basket made in the fourth quarter, and the burly center proved a big key in a gutsy ROS effort that put to a halt Magnolia’s own romp.
The Hotshots had won five of their last six outings going to the series opener.
But the E-Painters showed their deep resolve from the get-go, starting with a startling 10-0 romp.
The Hotshots, however, had their quick reply, and the two teams engaged in a duel of runs won by the E-Painters as they seized control to stay on a 10-2 tear early in the fourth.