Rain or Shine stuns San Mig with comeback
|Rain or Shine's Jeff Chan is helped up from the floor by his teammates during their PBA Philippine Cup game against the San Mig Coffee Mixers at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday. The Elasto Painters won, 80-79. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com|
MANILA, Philippines – Head coach Yeng Guiao counts it as one of the "weirdest" victories of his career. The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters overcame a massive double-digit deficit to stun the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 80-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.
Down by as much as 18 points in the third quarter, the Elasto Painters mounted a comeback in the final four minutes of the ball game to shock San Mig.
"It would rank as one of my weirdest wins of all time," Guiao told PBA.ph after the contest. "We played ugly basketball but still won the game. It’s beyond analysis and assessment."
Jeff Chan, the PBA’s leading scorer so far, sparked the comeback with two four-point plays. Beau Belga then drilled a triple to give the lead to Rain or Shine, 80-77, with 1:55 remaining.
PJ Simon kept the Mixers in the game with a jumper, and JR Quiñahan missed his free throws to leave the door open for San Mig.
But Mark Barroca and Jonas Villanueva could not come up with a bucket in the dying seconds, allowing Rain or Shine to come away with the win.
"There's no logical explanation how we won," Guiao said.
San Mig missed the services of former league MVP James Yap in the final 2:34 of the game, as he was ejected after incurring a second technical foul.
"Nag-black out ako," Yap said.
Yap still led all scorers with 28 points, while Simon finished with 17 markers.
Chan fired 22 points for the Elasto Painters, who now have a 4-1 win-loss record in the conference.
RAIN OR SHINE 80 - Chan 22, Cruz 10, Norwood 9, Quinahan 9, Belga 7, Rodriguez 7, Tang 5, Arana 5, Jaime 4, Ibanes 2, Matias 0.
SANMIG COFFEE 79 - Yap 28, Simon 17, Ramos 9, Reavis 8, Gonzales 7, De Ocampo 4, Gaco 2, Barroca 2, Villanueva 2.
Quarters: 17-26, 31-40, 50-66, 80-79