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ROS batters Ginebra to force three-way tie at top

Jericho Cruz added 16 points for Rain Or Shine. PBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Rain Or Shine scored its third straight win while ending Ginebra's own three-game winning run with a 94-86 win in their PBA Philippine Cup battle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

The Elasto Painters leaned on a 10-0 run in the third quarter to break a 46-all deadlock to lead, 56-46. They eventually stretch their lead to as much as 15, 75-60, early in the fourth.

The Gin Kings tried to mount one final push but could only come to within as close as seven as the E-Painters responded with key baskets to solidify their lead.

Jeff Chan led Rain Or Shine, which joined Alaska and San Miguel at joint first place at 6-1, with 19 points capped by the dagger three-point play in the dying moments of the match.

Japeth Aguilar posted 22 markers, nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal for Ginebra, which fell to 4-4.

Box Scores:

Rain Or Shine 94-Chan 19, Cruz 16, Ahanmisi 13, Belga 9, Norwood 8, Ponferada 7, Trollano 7, Ibanes 5, Quinahan 5, Tiu 3, Almazan 2, Matias 0, Nimes 0, Teng 0

Ginebra 86-Aguilar 22, Slaughter 19, Caguioa 11, Mercado 8, Thompson 7, Tenorio 6, Helterbrand 5, Cruz 4, Marcelo 4, Devance 0, Ellis 0, Mariano 0, Salva 0

Quarterscores: 21-18, 39-39, 68-56, 94-86

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