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ROS mounts winning run with rout of NorthPort

Chris Tiu put up a career game banked on a hot three-point shooting. PBA Media Bureau
By Dugout Philippines

PASAY--From a triumphant visit in Lucena Saturday, Rain or Shine put on display a wondrous outside shooting in its next outing over at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night.

James Yap, Beau Belga and Chris Tiu rained down at least four triples each on NorthPort as the Elasto Painters stormed to a second straight win with a 120-98 rout of the Batang Pier in the PBA Governors Cup.

Yap drained six treys, Belga knocked in five on a perfect clip while Tiu added four with three other ROS players making a triple each in a hot shooting that keyed a second straight win for the E-Painters after a 104-97 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Lucena last Saturday.

Thus, the E-Painters improved to 2-4 while the Batang Pier dropped down to 2-7.

"Maganda shooting (ko) at kailangang-kailangan naman dahil kung natalo, tagilid kami," said Yap, going 6-of-7 from the arc and making a total of 20 points.

"I'd been struggling. Nakuha sa tyaga," said Tiu, converting 4-of-7 treys and finishing with a career-high 23 markers.

Belga was hotter with a perfect 5-of-5 clip from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the two-point zone while also coming through with 12 rebounds and three assists against three turnovers.

The E-Painters knocked in 18-of-40 three-point attempts in all as against the Batang Pier's 7-of-34 clip as Rain or Shine scored back-to-back triumphs after a 0-4 start in the season-ending tourney.

The Asian Coating Inc. franchise, however, remained outside the Magic Eight. But the E-Painters are now just half-game behind the eighth-running San Miguel Beermen (3-4).

The E-Painters waxed hot from the long court from the start, firing away 10 three-pointers as against the Batang Pier's three as ROS stormed to a 63-43 halftime lead.

Then the ROS gunners drained timely treys almost every time the Batang Pier threatened to make a rally.

Terrence Watson also played a key role as he collected 21 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Maverick Ahanmisi and Gabe Norwood also came through with double-digit outputs with 13 and 10 points, respectively, as the E-Painters stopped the Batang Pier's two-game charge.

NorthPort suffered a big blow on the eve of the match as Moala Tautuaa suffered an injury in practice.

Worse, Stanley Pringle struggled with a 2-of-16 field-goal clip.

Rashad Woods and Sean Anthony paced the Batang Pier with 30 and 17, respectively.

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