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Rain Or Shine squeaks past NorthPort to clinch Semis berth


Miles Morales

Rain or Shine became the first team to reach the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after easily dismantling NorthPort, 91-85, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ed Daquioag top-scored with 15 points while Rey Nambatac had 14 for the second-seeded Elasto Painters, who are back in the semis after missing the playoffs of the Governors Cup last season.

The Elasto Painters started tentative but never looked when they got their rhythm going in the second quarter.

The No. 7 seed Batang Pier suffered another early exit in the playoffs as they missed the services of do-it-all forward Sean Anthony due to a strained groin.

NorthPort guard Garvo Lanete erupted for 20 markers off the bench while Mo Tautuaa finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds on a 10-of-17 clip.

Rain Or Shine will face the winner of the Ginebra-Magnolia Best of Three quarterfinal series, which the Gin Kings lead 1-0.