Rain or Shine shook off an early first quarter rust to whip NorthPort, 91-85, and barge in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Elasto Painters were a bit slow coming out of the starting gate, but got their game going in the second quarter when Rey Nambatac came off the bench and spark a searing run that turn the game around.
Nambatac had six of his 14 points in that crucial stretch when Rain or Shine outscored NorthPort, 29-16, to erase a three-point deficit and hold on a 43-33 lead at halftime.
The Elasto Painters never wavered from there, enjoying lead of as much as 89-74 early in the final quarter to wrap up their quarterfinals series against the Batang Pier.
Ed Daquioag complemented Nambatac with a team-high 15 points, while Beau Belga added 13 for Rain or Shine, which returned to the semis after totally missing the playoffs of the season-ending Governors Cup last year.