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MANILA, Philippines – The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers received crucial contributions from both their bench players and their key players as they snatched Game 1 of the Finals away from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 104-101, on Tuesday, July 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup.
The joint effort between the Mixers’ first and second units allowed them to overturn a 17-point third quarter lead, before San Mig’s trusted veteran James Yap delivered the final blow that put away the Painters in the last minute of the ballgame.
Yap came through and hit two huge shots towards the end to complete their comeback.
The first was the go-ahead three-pointer with 57.8 ticks left that put them up 99-98. He then pushed the dagger deeper with a jumper, 101-98, with 16.6 seconds to play, leaving the Painters in utter shock from the unfortunate turn of events.
The game was marred with controversy in the final play as Rain or Shine lamented a non-call on what they believed was a foul by Marc Pingris on Paul Lee, who was trying for a game-tying three-pointer as time expired.
The Painters will have a chance to equalize the series in Game 2 of the best-of-5 Finals series on Thursday, July 3.
Relive the Game 1 action on Rappler’s live blog.