Rain or Shine def San Miguel, 100-98 [PBA on Tour | June 7, 2023]

Rain or Shine stayed perfect in three games in PBA on Tour, but not without a scare as the Elasto Painters nearly blew a 24-point lead against San Miguel Beer.

Going without a basket, Gabe Norwood made a big contribution with a crucial block on Terrence Romeo in the closing seconds as the Elasto Painters salvaged a 100-98 win Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Offensively, Jhonard Clarito had a rare big night with a 17-point explosion, leading the E-Painters to a third win after earlier triumphs over NLEX (117-93) and Phoenix Super LPG (113-104).

Clarito, an unheralded forward from De Ocampo Memorial College, had a total of 13 points in their first two games presented by Arena Plus and sponsored by Bingo Plus.

For his big night, Clarito drew pours of liquids from his teammates shortly before a TV interview as Best Player of the Game.

“In-encourage ako ng mga teammates ko at naroon din ang tiwala ng mga coaches ko, kaya nakakuha ng rhythm,” said Clarito, who had an impressive 8-of-11 field clip going with three assists, two steals and one rebound in 25 minutes of action.

Gian Mamuyac scored 14 points, Leo Santillan fired 12 while Jewel Ponferrada had 11 in a balanced Rain or Shine attack also marked by at least eight points each from Anton Asistio, Shawn Ildefonso and Nick Demusis.

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