RAIN or Shine needed an extra session to hold off Alaska, 109-103, to start its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the right track on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters gave up a double-digit cushion in regulation, but regained their bearings in the overtime to pull off the hard-earned win over the Aces.
Beau Belga found his touch when it mattered, scoring six of his nine points in the extra session to put the E-Painters up for good after Chris Banchero forced overtime with a buzzer-beating triple.
Maverick Ahanmisi atoned for a miscue in the last possession of regulation by scoring the insurance points in the extra period, while Reggie Johnson anchored the attack with 32 points and 22 boards for the E-Painters, who withstood a 40-point output by Aces import Tony Campbell.
“It’s a good start for us, but we have to fix our lapses,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said. “Ang daming mali, daming errors, turnovers.”
One of those miscues came in their last offensive possession in the fourth quarter. Up by one, 92-91, the E-Painters saw Calvin Abueva commit a turnover, leading to Ahanmisi seeing a wide-open lane where he chose to go for a layup with five seconds left.
But that was enough time for Campbell to throw the ball to other side of the court to Banchero, who took a dribble then launched a desperation trey that went through the bottom of the net to force OT.
There, Belga, misfiring in the early goings, scored the first two points to put ROS up for good, before knocking down a left-wing triple that gave them a 105-100 lead with 24 seconds left.
After Campbell buried a quick triple to pull the Aces to within two, Ahanmisi missed two charities to give Alaska a chance, before atoning for it with a steal and the layup that gave ROS a two-possession lead.
While Belga and Ahanmisi blew hot and cold, Chris Tiu was consistent among the ROS locals all-game long, putting up 18 points, including three triples, six assists, three boards, and one steal in 29 minutes as a starter.
Campbell built his offensive brilliance around eight three-pointers that went with 20 boards, five assists, two blocks, and one steal, against seven turnovers in over 41 minutes.
Calvin Abueva added 19 points, nine boards, four steals, and three assists in 29 minutes that went for naught.
ROS 109 — Johnson 32, Tiu 18, Ahanmisi 11, Almazan 11, Yap 10, Belga 9, Daquioag 6, Ponferrada 5, Norwood 4, Casiño 3, Washington 0
ALASKA 103 — Campbell 40, Abueva 19, Manuel 12, Casio 8, Thoss 8, Racal 7, Banchero 3, Baclao 2, Enciso 2, Teng 2, Exciminiano 0
Quarterscores: 23-16, 45-39, 69-61, 94-94, 109-103