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Rain or Shine Topples Meralco, Takes Solo Lead in PBA Phl Cup

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Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bucked a slow start to score an 85-72 win over Meralco Bolts in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Javee Mocon led the way with 18 points, while Beau Belga added double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Painters seize the solo first place in the standings with 3-0 win-loss slate.

Rey Nambatac and Norbert Torres contributed 11 points each, while Adrian Wong and rookie Andrei Caracut combined for 14 markers for Rain or Shine.

Down 18-13 after the first 12 minutes, the Painters started to make their baskets in the second period behind Mocon, Belga and Wong to take a 42-35 lead at the half.

Rain or Shine went on with its offensive rampage in the third quarter with baskets from Torres and Caracut as the lead reached 17 points heading into the fourth.

The Bolts tried to make a run in the fourth quarter but the Painters showed steadiness to push the lead to its largest at 82-61 on a three-point play by Mocon.

Chris Newsome finished with 13 points, while Raymond Almazan added 10 markers as the Bolts suffered its first defeat in three games.