MANILA, Philippines–Rain or Shine used a robust ending kick on Friday evening to take down perennial title contender TNT, 119-112, within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Elastopainters turned to import Tree Treadwell inside the ultimate three minutes of the essential conflict at Sensible Araneta Coliseum, annexing a fifth straight win for a 5-5 document within the standings that stored the membership within the operating for a playoff spot.
“Maganda rin sa amin na matuto kaming manalo doon sa recreation na dikdigan hanggang huli. We’re a younger group, we’d like video games like this to toughen us up,” head coach Yeng Guiao stated within the post-game presser.
“I feel with this win, we are able to stay up for the playoffs,” he added.
Treadwell completed with 25 factors and 24 rebounds, whereas Andrei Caracut was strong but once more with 23 factors. Rey Nambatac added 19 as Rain or Shine brace for a Converge facet battling for pleasure to finish its elimination spherical schedule.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, TNT’s substitute import and the brother of unique alternative Rondae, delivered 50 factors and 16 rebounds, whereas Calvin Oftana tossed in 37 extra within the dropping stand that pushed the Tropang Giga’s mark to 4-6, simply barely throughout the qualifying threshold for the knockout levels.
It was a shocking victory for the Elastopainters, who dropped their first 5 video games within the convention battling unique import DaJuan Summers.
The competition additionally featured some colour in direction of the top with Rondae figuring in an altercation with Rain or Shine.
“That’s a harmful factor to tug. ‘Di ko alam kung anong nangyari sa kanya, tinopak ‘yung gag*. It was a pleasant recreation, I feel the followers would love a [tightly contested] recreation like that. Perhaps he simply acquired emotional or annoyed. However you don’t take (your feelings) out that approach,” stated Guiao.
TNT may have another likelihood to agency up its probabilities of advancing when it battles Phoenix Tremendous LPG on Jan. 14.