Bowles' game-winner tows Purefoods past Talk ’N Text in triple OT
MANILA, Philippines – Denzel Bowles banked a no-look off-balanced shot with 7.1 seconds remaining to lift the Purefoods Star Hotshots over the Talk ’N Text Tropang Texters, 118-117, in triple overtime in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday, March 14 at the University of Southern Philippines Gym, Davao City.
Bowles sank the near-impossible shot as he was falling over Jay Washington, whose huge corner triple with 28.3 ticks left appeared to be the game-winner for the Texters. But Bowles, who crashed to the floor clutching his left knee at the start of the first overtime, proved his worth once again to coach Tim Cone.
The 25-year old former Best Import posted 30 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks – including the game-saving block on Jayson Castro to force the second overtime – for Purefoods, which tied Talk ’N Text for second place with a 6-3 record.
Alex Mallari sizzled for 17 points and 9 rebounds off the bench, as James Yap and Joe Devance had 15 and 14 points respectively. Guards Mark Barroca added 13 markers and 4 assists while PJ Simon had 10 points.
Neither teams pulled away throughout the contest and battled toe-to-toe despite Talk ’N Text import Ivan Johnson fouling out 12 seconds into the second overtime.
A Barroca floater with 1:05 remaining in the fourth tied the count at 91-all as Pingris’ putback with 0.7 ticks left in regulation was not counted.
Devance hit one of his two triples with 1:20 to go in the first extension to knot the game once again. Castro had a chance to win it right there as he found himself free on the switch but Bowles read the play well and was there to reject his lay-up.
In the absence of Johnson, Washington delivered for the Texters with a pair of free throws to make it a 107-all game entering the final overtime. But Bowles unleashed his inner monster and made shots even against 3 defenders.
Johnson wound up with 26 points and 15 boards for Talk ’N Text, as Jayson Castro added 24 markers, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser provided quality minutes and energy, especially during the taxing extra sessions, with his 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.
Washington went 3-of-5 from long distance for his 19 points on top of 8 rebounds, while Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 12 points. – Rappler.com
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