Duke Crews brought in contagious energy in his PBA comeback and the Rain or Shine locals delivered the stuffs they had to make in the crunch as they came out of the rut with a come-from-behind 118-112 win over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday night.
Crews and his teammates overcame a 16-point deficit and Justin Brownlee’s 38-point game as the Elasto Painters checked a two-game slide and picked up a fifth win in nine games at the expense of the Ginebra side which had been unbeaten in its last five outings.
The returning ROS import was a tremendous force that produced 28 points and 22 rebounds, and he found all the help he needed in the homestretch as they pulled the rug from under the Gin Kings who dropped down to fifth place with a 5-2 slate.
The Kings, however, remained in strong contention for a Top Two finish in the elims which rewards a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. – PBA
ROS 118 – Crews 28, Cruz 19, Washington 16, Yap 15, Ponferada 11, Cahn 8, Tiu 6, Belga 6, Trollano 6, Ahanmisi 2, Norwood 1, Tolomia 0, Matias 0.
GINEBRA 112 – Brownlee 38, Devance 19, Aguilar 15, Thompson 10, Ellis 9, Ferrer 6, Caguioa 6, Mercado 5, Tenorio 4.
Quarterscores: 24-31, 56-59, 83-93, 118-112.