Rain or Shine edges Phoenix for 1st PBA win 

Posted by watchmen
March 19, 2024
Posted in SPORTS


Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ Andrei Caracut attacks the defense of Phoenix Fuel Masters’ Simon Camacho for a layup. (PBA photo)
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ Andrei Caracut attacks the defense of Phoenix Fuel Masters’ Simon Camacho for a layup. (PBA photo)


The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters secured their breakthrough win in the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup after a 100-85 triumph over the Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Sunday, March 17.

Rookie Adrian Nocum led the way with 28 points, including five three-point conversions, to go with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Painters improved to a 1-4 win-loss slate.

Beau Belga chipped in a double-double of 21 markers and 11 rebounds, while Jhonard Clarito contributed 19 points, with nine coming in the crucial part of the fourth quarter, for the Painters.

Holding to a 78-66 lead after three quarters, the Painters were surprised by a huge fourth quarter run by the Fuel Masters to cut the deficit to 80-86 after a three-pointer by Rodolfo Alejandro, Jr.

The Painters responded with back-to-back triples from Andrei Caracut and Clarito, and three consecutive inside conversions from Clarito to establish the biggest lead at 100-83.

Ricci Rivero top-scored with 16 points, RJ Jazul added 11 markers, while Kenneth Tuffin and Raffy Verano contributed 10 points apiece as the Fuel Masters fell to a 1-3 win-loss record.

Meanwhile, the defending champion San Miguel Beermen managed to foil the comeback try of the TNT Tropang Giga for a 91-89 victory.

The Tropang Giga fell to a 2-2 record.

Leading by as much as 15 points in the first half, the Beermen were threatened by a furious fourth quarter uprising by the Tropang Giga, as the deficit was cut to 89-90 on a split free throw by Kelly Williams.

Ilonggo Jericho Cruz also split his free throws to make it a 91-89 Beermen lead before Tropang Giga’s Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser missed on a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

June Mar Fajardo led the way with a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Cruz, Marcio Lassiter and Celedonio Trollano ended with 12 markers apiece for the Beermen./ASC, WDJ


RAIN OR SHINE 100 — Nocum 28, Belga 21, Clarito 19, Santillan 8, Caracut 6, Belo 5, Mamuyac 4, Borboran 4, Norwood 3, Ildefonso 2, Asistio 0, Demusis 0.

PHOENIX 85 — Rivero 16, Jazul 11, Tuffin 10, Verano 10, Manganti 7, Mocon 6, Alejandro 6, Muyang 5, Garcia 5, Daves 4, Salado 3, Camacho 2, Lalata 0.

Quarterscores: 22-29, 47-41, 78-66, 100-85.


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