MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine secured a tough 70-68 victory over NorthPort to maintain their excellent record at the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.
Rey Nambatac, after a controversial foul against Paolo Tah, left empty of several tense free throws with 1.3 seconds left in the game to secure a 3-0 win for Elasto Painters. .
“It was an ugly game for us,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. “I believe we can do better.”
“We started off badly and I think we need to be more consistent. We were consistent on the defensive side, but I know we can be more consistent in the attack. “
Elasto painters managed to keep Batang Pier at just two points in a 1:21 strike in the third quarter and took a 46-40 lead in fourth place, but recently struggled to beat the game, allowing NorthPort to tie it to 68th time when Christian Standhardinger caused heavy laying.
NorthPort’s unfortunate shooting in the third period was the second-worst result in a quarter after Mobiline Phone Pals recorded its own two-point shot in 2001.
Interestingly, the club with the worst goal percentage in the quarter is Rain or Shine, which lost 69-68 in the first quarter against Magnolia in 2019. In the Cup of Governors.
“It looks like both teams got stuck offensively,” Garcia said.
Adrian Wong, who led Elasto Painters in the attack, scored 15 points, while Sidney Onwubere added 11 points and five boards.
Nambatac did his job by filling out the stat sheets with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and one intercept.
Sean Anthony and Kevin Ferrer scored 13 points each and rebounded 23 balls together to lead Batang Pier, which has not yet won in three matches.
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