James Yap scores 26 to lead Rain or Shine past NLEX, 113-105

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PBA Media Bureau

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters made a critical run in the last two minutes to push a close game out of reach for the NLEX Road Warriors, 113-105, to eke out a win in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

James Yap made some big-time shots and Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga chipped in with some crucial three-pointers as part of an 11-0 run that sealed the win for Rain or Shine late in the game.

The highlight was a play wherein Yap put his defender – NLEX big man Bradway Guinto – on skates with a massive crossover before stepping back for a clutch three-pointer that made it a seven-point game, 110-103, inside the final minute.

On top of the clutch shots, ‘Big Game’ James finished with a team-high 26 points, including five three-pointers.

Import Shawn Taggart chipped in a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, alongside four assists and four blocks while Raymond Almazan scored 18 points – nine of those in the fourth quarter – in notable performances for the Elasto Painters. – InterAksyon.com

The scores:

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 113 – Yap 26, Taggart 23, Almazan 18, Chan 12, Belga 9, Norwood 7, Cruz 6, Ahanmisi 6, Tiu 4, Ponferada 2, Washington 0.

NLEX Road Warriors 105 – Chism 27, Lastimosa 15, Camson 14, Taulava 12, Alas 11, Lanete 8, J. Villanueva 5, Guinto 4, Soyud 3, Baracael 2, Anthony 2, Tiongson 2, Khobuntin 0, Rios 0.

Quarterscores: 26-27, 62-52, 80-81, 113-105.