Rain or Shine stays alive in Cor­po­rate Cup

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - JONAS REY N. PANE­RIO

THE EIGHTH-SEEDED Rain or Shine pulled the rug from un­der the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Dormakaba, 81-77, to force a do-or-die game in the Ar­chi­tects + En­gi­neers Bas­ket­ball Club Cor­po­rate Cup 2018 last Sat­ur­day at the USC gym.

With the sea­son on the line, Rain or Shine pulled out all the stops to stun a ram­pag­ing Dormakaba squad that had pre­vi­ously won all seven of its games in the elim­i­na­tion round by dou­ble dig­its.

Mon­te­cristo Sal­vador typ­i­fied the grit of Rain or Shine’s quin­tet as he scored 36 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds. Ron­ald Talasan added 17 while Ray­mond Ver­ano also had a dou­ble­dou­ble with 17 points and 10 boards.

The rest of the higher seeds had no trou­ble mov­ing on to the semi­fi­nals.

Sec­ond ranked Fen­es­tram edged Phoenix, 63-62, while the third seeded Is­land Paints blew away East­grand, 7350. Dexsel Can­dan paced Is­land Paints with 22 mark­ers while Ch­ester Hi­nag­danan added 17.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Sea Olym­pus also had lit­tle trou­ble elim­i­nat­ing Davies Paints, 89-61. Bong Gabi­son led the way for the vic­tors with 26 points.

Sea Olym­pus will now wait for the win­ner of the knock­out game be­tween Dormakaba and Sea Olym­pus.

The other semis pair­ing will pit Fen­es­tram against Is­land Paints.

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