Rain or Shine picked up its second consecutive win after escaping the Magnolia Hotshots, 86-82, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Debuting import Carl Montgomery, who came as a stand-in for the injured Denzel Bowles, finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks as the Elasto Painters moved up to 5th place with an even 5-5 record going into its final elimination game against San Miguel on Saturday, July 13 at Cagayan de Oro City.
“He is not the biggest import, not the tallest, not the strongest, but he was able to give us the energy in the second half when we started scoring,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia on his new reinforcement.
Beau Belga paced the Elasto Painters with a conference-best 22 points built on 4 of 9 shooting from 3-point country. Ed Daquioag contributed 14 markers while rookie Javee Mocon added all 7 of his points during a telling 11–0 run in the 4th which broke a 69-all deadlock and gave Rain or Shine a commanding 11-point advantage, 80-69.
The Hotshots battled back courtesy of back-to-back threes by Mark Barroca plus another one from Jio Jalalon to cut the deficit to a manageable 4 points, 82-78. After Ian Sangalang and Daquiaog traded baskets, Montgomery dealt the final blow with a key rejection on Jalalon.
Sangalang led the Hotshots’ losing cause with 24 points while James Farr contributed 19 markers and 23 boards.
Rain or Shine 86 – Belga 22, Montgomery 20, Daquioag 14, Rosales 7, Mocon 7, Norwood 5, Nambatac 5, Ponferada 3, Torres 2, Borboran 1.
Magnolia 82 – Sangalang 24, Farr 19, Barroca 14, Lee 9, Jalalon 7, Dela Rosa 6, Herndon 3, Melton 0, Pingris 0, Brondial 0.
Quarterscores: 15-22, 35-41, 64-61, 86-82.