RAIN or Shine kept its glinting quarterfinal trusts alive on Sunday by beating Meralco, 83-81, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Richard Ross and Rey Nambatac drove the group once more from a twofold digit deficiency as Rain or Shine completed the ends with consecutive successes for a 4-7 record.
Rain or Shine combat over from a 13-point shortfall to snap Meralco’s five-game series of wins.
The Bolts completed the ends at 8-3 (win-misfortune) and blew a brilliant opportunity to bolt up the top seed in the end of the season games.
Ross counted 26 points and 12 bounce back while Nambatac had 24 for Rain or Shine, which beat San Miguel two weeks prior in Lapu-Lapu City.
The Elastopainters went on a 17-4 flood for a 79-73 lead to begin the final quarter in the wake of trailing, 69-56, in the third time frame. Ross and Nambatac consolidated for 13 in the last quarter.
The Bolts had the option to slice the shortfall to one point, 82-81, on a Raymond Almazan tip-in, however Jewel Ponferada made it a two-point game on a split from the free-toss line.
Allen Durham hindered Ponferada’s shot to start a breakaway, yet he missed a lay-up. Almazan got Durham’s miss and neglected to change over on the putback as the last signal sounded.
Durham scored 23 points and pulled down 16 bounce back while Almazan had 18 points and 19 bounce back against his former group.