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ROS pulls away late, sends PBA PH Cup QF vs TNT to decider

A clutch three highlighted Jhonard Clarito's career-high. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Rain Or Shine came up huge down the stretch to keep its PBA season alive with a 121-113 win against TNT in Game 2 of their Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters recovered from the Tropang Giga's threat and finished the game strong to tie their best-of-three series.

After TNT crawled back from nine points down to eventually take a 111-109 lead with 2:49 left, ROS went on a 10-0 blast to reclaim the advantage, 119-111, with 1:16 to go.

Jayson Castro scored on a quick layup to keep the Tropang Giga in the game, but Andrei Caracut scored on a teardrop to seal the win for the Elasto Painters.

Jhonard Clarito led ROS with a career-high 29 points including a go-ahead three with 1:58 left that highlighted the team's game-deciding 10-0 run, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.

Clarito finished with a perfect 5-for-5 three-point shooting and 10-of-12 field goals overall.

Caracut added 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, and two assists, while Adrian Nocum and Santi Santillan each scored 20 markers off the bench.

RR Pogoy fired 28 points with two rebounds, two assists, and one block for TNT.

When Game 3 will take place will depend on the result of the Meralco-NLEX game later Sunday.

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