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Arvin Tolentino’s 35-point performance lifts NorthPort over Rain or Shine in PBA showdown

Arvin Tolentino achieved a career-high 35 points as NorthPort defeated Rain or Shine, 113-103, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup opener on Sunday at Ynares Center. The Batang Pier star impressed with a dunk over Elasto Painters veteran Gabe Norwood in the final two minutes, securing his team’s second straight win. Tolentino commended the contributions of his teammates, especially the rookies who played exceptionally well, and praised the effort and hustle of the other players. He also highlighted Import Venky Jois’ steady performance, scoring 30 points and securing 21 rebounds. Other noteworthy contributors for NorthPort include Joshua Munzon with 15 points, JM Calma with 11, and rookie Cade Flores with 10. Rain or Shine’s DaJuan Summers finished with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Santi Santillan added 15 points. Tolentino had also set a career-high exactly a year ago at the same venue. He credited the team’s preparation for the season and the influence of Venky Jois as the factors behind their 2-0 start and expressed hope for the momentum to continue in their upcoming matches.