Resurgent Rain or Shine kept its streak going after defeating Terrafirma, 97-82, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.,The Elasto Painters, still fighting for a playoff ticket, displayed a well-oiled offense to claim their third straight victory and improve to a 4-6 card going to the final stretch of the eliminations.,Young guns Andrei Caracut and Anton Asistio paced Rain or Shine with 14 points each, while Leonard Santillan scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.,Rookie Shaun Ildefonso also had 10 markers and five boards, while Norbert Torres delivered down the stretch by scoring all of his nine points in the final quarter.,“We showed a level of composure and grit tonight. We’ve seen how Terrafirma can get going once they gain their confidence,“Santi (Santillan) had a great bounce back game. Now three wins in a row, lessons were kind of learned.”,It was Asistio and Santillan who sent Rain or Shine to a hot start by firing six triples that gave them a 59-33 spread at the half.,Terrafirma, still hunting for a win, dominated the paint in the third before Eric Camson put them to a more respectable distance, 73-84, halfway through the final period.,But the Elasto Painters found an unlikely hero in Torres, who muscled in a pair of three-point plays to stretch the lead back to 19, 95-76, making it impossible for the Dyip to come back with 1:21 left.,Rain or Shine will try to end its campaign on a high note when it battles Magnolia on Wednesday.,Aldrech Ramos’ game-high 21 points and nine rebounds went for naught as Terrafirma still couldn’t grab a win after 10 outings.,The Scores:,RAIN OR SHINE 97 – Caracut 14, Asistio 14, Santillan 13, Ildefonso 10, Torres 9, Ponferrada 9, Demusis 8, Nambatac 7, Mamuyac 7,Clarito 3, Borboran 2,TERRAFIRMA 82 – Ramos 21, Gabayni 12, Camson 11, Calvo 10, Munzon 9, Cahilig 7, Mina 7, Javelona 3, Balagasay 2, Gomez de Liano 0, Tumalip 0,QUARTERS: 33-18, 59-33, 78-63, 97-82
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