Rain or Shine blasts Phoenix for solo top spot

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Its leading scorer may not be his usual self, but Rain or Shine still outlasted Phoenix 98-94 in overtime Sunday to seize the lead in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Kris Rosales and Beau Belga scored 16 points apiece, but it was the pair of Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi who delivered the biggest blows in the extension by combining for seven of the team’s 11 points.

Much like what they did in regulation when they came charging back from a 14-point deficit, the Fuel Masters moved within 94-96 on an Alex Mallari drive.

But Mark Borboran capped his own heroics by banking in a short stab in the last 11 seconds that pegged what would prove to be the final score.

As a result, the Elasto Painters took over top spot with their sixth win in seven games while relegating the Fuel Masters to second on a 5-1 slate.

Making the victory sweeter is the fact it was fashioned despite the struggles of Yap, who went into the game averaging 16.3 points per game but finished with just 2 on 1-of-9 field shooting.

The scores:

Rain or Shine 98 – Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.

Phoenix 94 – Perkins 27, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.

Quarterscores: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87, 98-94.

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