Jhonard Clarito Leads Rain or Shine to 121-113 Win Over TNT, Forces Rubber Match

Rain or Shine defeated TNT Tropang Giga 121-113 in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series, forcing a sudden death match on May 12. Jhonard Clarito led Rain or Shine with a career-high 29 points, including a crucial three-pointer that sparked an 8-0 run to break the game's final deadlock.

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Jhonard Clarito Leads Rain or Shine to 121-113 Win Over TNT, Forces Rubber Match

Jhonard Clarito Leads Rain or Shine to 121-113 Win Over TNT, Forces Rubber Match

Rain or Shine defeated TNT Tropang Giga 121-113 in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series on Sunday, forcing a sudden death match on May 12 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The win tied the best-of-three series at 1-1.

Jhonard Clarito led the way for the Elasto Painters, scoring a career-high 29 points, including a crucial three-pointer with 1:58 remaining that sparked an 8-0 run to break the game's final deadlock. Clarito shot a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and added six rebounds and four assists in the victory. "Jhonard is a hard-nosed player," said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. "He's blue-collar, masipag mag-practice, and has a natural physical game."

Four other Rain or Shine players finished with 20-plus points in the balanced attack. Andrei Caracut scored 21, while rookie Adrian Nocum and Leonard Santillan each contributed 20 points. For TNT, Roger Pogoy led the way with 28 points, and Jayson Castro added 17 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in the losing effort.

The game was tied at 111-111 before Clarito, Caracut, and Nocum combined for an 8-0 run that gave Rain or Shine a 119-111 lead with 1:16 remaining. Kelly Williams had given TNT their last taste of the lead at 111-109 on a one-handed dunk, but the Elasto Painters closed the game on a 12-2 run to seal the victory.

Coach Guiao praised his young team's composure and maturity in the crucial win. "The most important thing here is our team—a young team—is finally learning how to play in the end game," he said. "In this game, we showed our maturity. And perhaps we were lucky, too, as they missed certain players. There was a small window and it was on to go through it. We just took advantage of the situation."

The deciding Game 3 rubber match between Rain or Shine and TNT Tropang Giga is set for Wednesday, May 12 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. With the series tied 1-1 and a semifinals berth on the line, both teams will be looking for their young stars to step up once again in the win-or-go-home clash.

Key Takeaways

  • Rain or Shine defeats TNT 121-113 in Game 2, forcing a sudden death match.
  • Jhonard Clarito scores career-high 29 points, including crucial 3-pointer.
  • Four other Rain or Shine players score 20+ points in balanced attack.
  • Rain or Shine closes game on 12-2 run to seal victory.
  • Deciding Game 3 set for May 12 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.