Rain or Shine moves up to solo third after beating Blackwater as new import debuts

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The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, parading a new import, took care of business against the eliminated Blackwater Elite, 118-107, to improve its playoff positioning in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

JR Quinahan scored a team-high 15 points to pace Rain or Shine while Jeff Chan had 12 markers – seven of those in the fourth quarter. Debuting import Pierre Henderson-Niles also had 12 points alongside six rebounds in his debut game but was unable to finish the contest after limping out with 2:12 remaining.

The Elasto Painters showed plenty of balance on offense with Raymond Almazan posting a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Jewel Ponferada adding 11 points and Jeric Teng chipping in with 10 markers in a starting role.

Rain or Shine, which entered the game in a four-way tie with Alaska, Barangay Ginebra and Tropang TNT, moved up to solo third with a 7-4 record. Blackwater, already out of the playoff race, fell to 3-8.

The Elasto Painters made a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to turn a slim three-point lead into a 13-point advantage, 111-98, with 3:45 remaining. Chan scored seven points in that rally and he and Tiu both knocked down big three-pointers in that salvo.

Rain or Shine exploded for 38 points in that final quarter.

The scores:
Rain or Shine 118 — Quinahan 15, Chan 12, Henderson-Niles 12,Almazan 11, Ponferada 11, Teng 10, Norwood 7, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 6, Cruz 6, Ibanes 6, Lee 6, Tiu 5, Trollano 3, Nimes 2.

Blackwater 107 — Lastimosa 27, Erram 20, Rhett 19, Cervantes 14, Pascual 7, Cortez 6, Bulawan 5, Gamalinda 4, Dela Cruz 2, Reyes 1, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 29-24; 61-49; 80-76; 118-107.