MANILA – “I just felt that one good shot – or great shot – deserves another.”
These were the words of Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao after the Elasto Painters escaped with a thrilling 89-86 victory over the Meralco Bolts, thanks to a buzzer-beating triple by center JR Quiñahan.
Quiñahan drilled the dagger with just seven-tenths of a second remaining, and it answered a similarly huge triple by Meralco’s Gary David that tied the ball game at 86-all with under nine seconds remaining.
“It’s always tough playing Meralco,” Guiao told PBA.ph after the game. “The first time also boiled down to the end game. We’re plain lucky and we’re riding this streak of good luck.”
“Also, I just felt that one good shot – or great shot – deserves another,” he said.
It was Quiñahan’s first buzzer beater of his career, and it was an unexpected shot as the play was originally designed for gunners Jeff Chan and Paul Lee.
But with all other options well covered by Meralco, it was the big man who received the inbound pass and threw up the miracle shot.
“Automatic reaction na lang siguro, kasi 0.7 second na lang,” said Quiñahan, who finished with five points in the game.
The Elasto Painters have now won a franchise-best sixth consecutive game and inched past Petron Blaze in the race to claim a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
“We’re just taking this momentum to where it’s going to take us,” Guiao said. “We are on a six-game winning streak. There’s some pressure there, but we just tried to just put that at the back of our heads and keep going.”