PBA Philippine Cup

Bolick, Malonzo power NorthPort past Rain or Shine for hot PH Cup start

Martin Mendoza
Bolick, Malonzo power NorthPort past Rain or Shine for hot PH Cup start

HOTSHOT. Robert Bolick leads Batang Pier to a commanding win.

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NorthPort gets off to a sizzling start in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 13-point rout of Rain or Shine

MANILA, Philippines – The NorthPort Batang Pier got off to a sizzling start in the PBA Philippine Cup as they crushed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 94-81, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Thursday, June 9.

Robert Bolick led the way for the Batang Pier with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Jamie Malonzo recorded a double-double of 18 markers and 15 boards in the victory.

With Rain or Shine only trailing by 5 points at the half, 35-40, Bolick and Malonzo combined for an 8-0 blast in the opening minutes of the third period to push NorthPort’s lead to 13, 48-35.

Still leading by double figures at the start of the final frame, 71-54, NorthPort even extended its lead to as many as 21 points, 77-56, off a triple by Kevin Ferrer.

The Elasto Painters showed signs of life with under three minutes left in the fourth period, cutting the Batang Pier’s lead back to just 10, 84-74, thanks to a three-pointer by Anton Asistio, but Bolick crushed any hopes of a Rain or Shine comeback as he quickly responded with an and-one play on the other end.

Ferrer also came up huge for NorthPort in the win, finishing with 15 points on a red-hot 4-of-5 shooting from deep, while Art dela Cruz contributed 10 points.

On the other side, Mike Nieto was the lone bright spot for Rain or Shine as he scored a team-high 19 points on an efficient 8-of-11 clip from the field, together with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Leonard Santillan added 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Asistio and Beau Belga tallied 14 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Elasto Painters, who dropped to 1-1 – tied with the TNT Tropang Giga.

The Scores

NorthPort 94 – Bolick 22, Malonzo 18, Ferrer 15, Dela Cruz 10, Calma 9, Santos 8, Sumang 5, Balanza 4, Ayaay 3, Vigil 0, Apacible 0.

Rain or Shine 81 – Nieto 19, Santillan 16, Asistio 14, Belga 10, Nambatac 6, Demusis 6,  Ildefonso 5, Ponferrada 5, Torres 0, Clarito 0, Borboran 0, Caracut 0, Tolentino 0.

Quarters: 20-11, 40-35, 71-54, 94-81.

– Rappler.com