The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters came back from an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes to steal Game 1 over the Blackwater Elite, 83-80. The Elasto Painters take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series.
The Elite looked in control of the game when Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. drilled a triple from the right corner to beat the shot clock. That put Blackwater up by eight with only 1:32 left in the game. But that’s when Rain or Shine made their final run.
Carl Montgomery immediately answered back with a three-pointer in the next possession to cut the Elite lead down. The Elasto Painters forced a turnover leading to a score inside by Rey Nambatac to cut the deficit down to just three points. The Elite couldn’t find a dagger, leaving the door open for an equalizer from Rain or Shine. Norwood drilled a trey from the right corner, tying the game at 80 with less than 40 seconds left on the clock.
Rain or Shine had a chance to win the game after they forced a Parks miss. They inbounded the ball to Montgomery who quickly passed out to Nambatac. He drove closer, faked a shot and promptly drilled the stinging game-winner with 2.3 seconds left in the game.
Nambatac scored or assisted in the final eight points of the Elasto Painters. He finished with 13 points and three assists in big minutes off the bench. Ed Daquioag led the Elasto Painters with 19 points while Montgomery had 17 points and 19 rebounds. Parks scored 20 for Blackwater.
In the second game of the day, Barangay Ginebra takes down the Magnolia Hotshots, 85-79 to take the lead in the Quarterfinals series.
It was a more balanced effort for Ginebra in the rematch against Magnolia. Justin Brownlee continued to lead the team with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Stanley Pringle backed him up with 18 points and four rebounds. Japeth Aguilar added 14 points and two blocks. Paul Lee scored 24 points for Magnolia.
It was a tight game between both teams. The two defensive-minded teams were focused on stopping each other, making the game a gritty affair. Ginebra was able to take a six-point lead heading to the final period. But the Hotshots came back to tie the game midway through the quarter.
Rakeem Christmas tied the game at 77 midway through the fourth quarter. That deadlock was broken by a Justin Brownlee three-pointer. Rafi Reavis scored on a shot inside to cut Ginebra’s lead to just one with three minutes left in the game. But that was Magnolia’s last basket.
Pringle scored on a layup inside followed by an and-one hoop by Greg Slaughter to put Ginebra up by six. The Barangay was able to prevent the Hotshots from getting any additional buckets in the game.