Rain or Shine ends losing skid

Rain or Shine (RoS) put an end to its six-game slide after hacking out a 96-86 win over NLEX in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.,The Elasto Painters rediscovered their winning ways as they successfully ended a month-long dry spell to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 2-6 card.,Leonard Santillan led six RoS cagers in double digits with 18 points and six rebounds, while rookie guard Gian Mamuyac sizzled for 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown.,Norbert Torres was also impressive with 13 points and four boards while Rey Nambatac added 12 markers and veterans Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga had 10 points apiece.,The last time the Elasto Painters picked up a win was during their season opener against Converge, 79-77, on 5 June.,“I can’t be more proud of how these guys came up today, the energy and the effort,” Rain or Shine head coach Chris Gavina said.,“We’ve gone through so much adversity and the lessons we’ve learned finally kicked in today in order to get the second win.”,Rain or Shine got the start it wanted as Santillan, Belga and Norbert Torres joined hands for a 28-15 start before mounting a 19-point lead at the half.,Their impressive outside shooting was a the gamechanger with Mamuyac nailing a three to grab a 21-point lead 59-38 early in the third.,The Road Warriors refused to surrender that easily as Kevin Alas sparked a 13-2 salvo to keep them within eight, 82-90, 3:58 remaining in the final period.,The Elasto Painters, however, spoiled NLEX’s uprising with Mamuyac’s three-pointer and Mark Borboran’s three-point play keeping them ahead with two minutes left.,Don Trollano’s 20-point effort went down the drain as the Road Warriors suffered their third straight loss and slipped to a 4-5 card.,The Scores:, ,RAIN OR SHINE 96 – Santillan 18, Mamuyac 15, Torres 13, Nambatac 12, Norwood 10, Belga 10, Nieto 6, Ildefonso 5, Borboran 3, Asistio 2, Demusis 2, ,NLEX 86 – Trollano 20, Oftana 17, Alas 15, Chua 14, Quinahan 11, Semerad 5, Rosales 2, Ighalo 2, Magat 0, ,QUARTERS: 28-15, 53-36, 75-54, 96-86