Rain or Shine with a high-octane performance beat Talk ‘N Text ,104-89, on Monday to enter the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Rain or Shine will face San Miguel Beer in a best-of-seven semifinals beginning January 5 at the same venue.
Raymund Almazan led Rain or Shine with 15 points and 10 rebounds; Jeff Chan had 13 points and Jericho Cruz 11 points. Gabe Norwood and JR Quinahan finished with 11 points each also for the Elasto Painters.
The Elasto Painters controlled the early part of the game establishing a huge lead before the end of the first half behind the nine points of Almazan and seven first half points of center Quinahan.
They sustained their offense until the second half to keep a nine-point cushion at the end of third period 84-75.
Maverick Ahanmisi, who contributed 10 points, gave Rain or Shine a 91-75 lead after converting a fast break lay-up with 10:34 left in the game.
Rookie Don Trollano, who scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, stretched Rain or Shine’s lead to its biggest (100-81) by scoring a three-pointer and a lay-up with only few minutes left in the game.
The Elasto Painters were never threatened from that point on.
Jayson Castro scored 25 points plus 11 rebounds to lead the Tropang Texters.
No protest filed
Meanwhile, the PBA office confirmed earlier that the Ginebra did not file a formal protest on Monday after suffering a controversial 83-84 loss to GlobalPort during the second phase knockout quarterfinals match on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
PBA Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial said that they’ve waited until the 12-noon deadline but they received no formal complaint.
“We didn’t receive any complaint as of 12:05 so technically they won’t file [a protest],” Marcial told The Manila Times during a phone interview. “It was a gentleman’s act for Ginebra.
“All teams are fighting for victory during games but after that, the spirit of sportsmanship always prevail,” he added.
Marcial added that the four referees who officiated the game will be summoned by Commissioner Chito Narvasa on Tuesday to explain why they did not made a five-second violation call.
During Saturday’s game, GlobalPort point guard Stanley Pringle was trapped by the double-teaming defense of Greg Slaughter and Solomon Mercado with still eight seconds left in the game.
Pringle held the ball for too long before the final buzzer sounded and the Ginebra coaching staff, led by head coach Tim Cone, was asking for a five-second violation which was not called by the referees.
After the game, Cone went to the scorer’s table to sign the score sheet signifying their intention to put the game under protest.
Ginebra was supposed to send a formal complaint plus a P20,000 cash bond before the 12 noon deadline, but failed to do so.