Rain or Shine boosts playoff bid with escape over Magnolia

Delfin Dioquino
Rain or Shine boosts playoff bid with escape over Magnolia
The Elasto Painters pick up their second straight win, while the Hotshots absorb their third straight loss

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine denied Magnolia entry to the playoffs with an enthralling 86-82 escape in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, July 10.

Beau Belga and new import Carl Montgomery both breached the 20-point mark as the Elasto Painters bolstered their own playoff bid by picking up their second straight win for an even 5-5 record.

Belga had one of his best games of the conference with 22 points and 5 rebounds off the bench, while Montgomery – who replaced the injured Denzel Bowles – contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. 

The young guns were just as crucial for Rain or Shine in the win, with Javee Mocon, Ed Daquioag, and Kris Rosales leading their fourth-quarter surge. 

It was a tied game at 69 early in the final frame before the Elasto Painters unloaded an 11-0 bomb – sparked by 7 straight points from Mocon and capped by back-to-back Rosales and Daquiaoag buckets.

The Hotshots, though, did not waver and knocked down 3 straight triples from Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon to cut their deficit to 4, 78-82, with less than 3 minutes remaining.

However, Magnolia ran out of time from completing the comeback as it absorbed its third straight loss for a 5-5 slate and missed a chance of securing its quarterfinal berth. 

Daquioag chipped in 14 points, while Mocon and Rosales added 7 points apiece. 

Ian Sangalang paced the Hotshots with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks before fouling out late, while import James Farr added 19 points and 23 rebounds. 

The Scores

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.

Quarters: 15-22, 35-41, 64-61, 86-82.

Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.