MANILA, Philippines – Eighth seed GlobalPort clawed its way back from 16 down to eke out a massive upset over top-ranking Rain or Shine with a thrilling 114-113 win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, July 10.
Facing a twice-to-beat Elasto Painters squad, Jonathan Grey chose the most opportune time to play his best game of the conference – sinking a trey with 11.5 seconds remaining that gave the Batang Pier the lead and eventually, the triumph.
Grey finished with a 22 points, 12 coming in the 4th quarter alone, on a 7-of-14 clip to go with 3 rebounds and two assists as GlobalPort forged a rubber match against the heavily favored Rain or Shine.
The game was basically for the Elasto Painters to win after they led 89-73 in the 3rd quarter before the Batang Pier showly stormed their way back into the game.
Rain or Shine held a 112-111 with a minute left but Maverick Ahanmisi failed to keep GlobalPort at bay as he missed 3 of his last 4 free throws, paving way for Grey’s late-game heroics.
“Ako nga, tingin ko, di na mananalo e. Pero ano nga, it’s all about breaks of the game,” GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio admitted after the game.
(For me, I thought we were going to lose. But it’s all about breaks of the game.)
“Si Ahanmisi missing free throws, malaking bagay ‘yun. Kung na-convert niya mga ‘yun, mahihirapan na tayo. It’s all God’s will na nanalo tayo, at the same time, na-extend pa ‘yung series.”
(Ahanmisi missing free throws was huge for us. If he converted those, it would have been harder to win the game. It’s all God’s will that we won and at the same time, extended the series.)
Malcolm White battled foul trouble and paced the Batang Pier with game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to go with 3 assists and two blocks while Stanley Pringle flirted with a triple-double of 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Slotted in by Jarencio down the stretch despite having 5 fouls, White made the biggest defensive play of the game by blocking a Reggie Johnson putback that would have won it for Rain or Shine with 3 seconds left.
Ahanmisi heaved a last-gasp triple off White’s block but badly missed.
Johnson finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists for the Elasto Painters, who are on the brink of becoming the 4th No. 1 team in PBA history to succumb to a No. 8 squad.
Raymond Almazan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Ahanmisi chipped in 15 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds but went 5-of-10 at the line while Ed Daquioag added 14 points in the losing effort.
The do-or-die bout is slated on Thursday, July 12, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
GlobalPort (114): White 28, Grey 22, Pringle 21, Anthony 11, Elorde 7, Taha 6, Tautuaa 6, Javelona 4, Espinas 3, Guinto 3, Teng 3, Arana 0
Rain or Shine (113): Johnson 24, Almazan 17, Yap 16, Ahanmisi 15, Daquioag 14, Tiu 10, Norwood 9, Belga 8, Torres 0
Quarter scores: 24-26, 52-60, 83-91, 114-113