Gabe Norwood rediscovered his offensive groove and steered Rain or Shine to a come-from-behind 83-77 win over hapless Terrafirma in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Sunday, August 1.
Averaging just 5 points prior, Norwood dropped 15 points on a 3-of-5 clip from three-point land to go with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals as the Elasto Painters snapped a two-game skid to improve to 4-2.
The Dyip seemed to be on their way to their first win following a woeful 0-3 start after taking a 67-61 lead early in the fourth quarter.
But Rain or Shine erected a tide-changing 18-0 run powered by 8 Norwood points to seize a 12-point cushion en route to the victory.
During that stretch, Norwood – who missed all of his nine three-point attempts in their first five games – knocked down two triples and sank a pair of free throws.
Rey Nambatac topscored for the Elasto Painters with 17 points, while sophomore guard Adrian Wong chimed in another 15 points.
Mark Borboran added 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in the win.
Juami Tiongson sizzled hot with 20 points for Terrafirma, but Rain or Shine put the clamps on him when it mattered most as he scored just 4 markers in the final period.
Without top pick Joshua Munzon due to a finger injury, the Dyip dropped to 0-4, joining the Blackwater Bossing at the bottom.
Rain or Shine 83 – Nambatac 17, Norwood 15, Wong 15, Borboran 9, Mocon 7, Torres 6, Santillan 6, Belga 4, Caracut 2, Ponferada 2, Guinto 0, Johnson 0.
Terrafirma 77 – Tiongson 20, Adams 13, Calvo 11, Batiller 10, Gabayni 10, Camson 7, Ramos 4, Cahilig 2, Laput 0.
Quarters: 21-27, 40-45, 61-65, 83-77.