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    Guiao's comeback kings

    Oct 24, 2012
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    RAIN or Shine put on another display of its own never-say-die character, coming back from an 18-point hole late in the third quarter and from 16 down at the start of the fourth to shock San Mig Coffee 80-79 for its third straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    It was the biggest comeback win so far this season, eclipsing Meralco’s fightback from 16-points down in the second period to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 95-88 in Digos City last October 13.

    Was that the biggest and/or most exciting comeback in Rain or Shine franchise history?

    Actually, the answer is 'no.'

    In Game One of last season’s Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals, the Elasto Painters actually carved out a more exciting come-from-behind win. It was against no less than crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra. Rain or Shine was down by a bigger margin in the fourth period – 17 – with only 9:18 remaining. But the Elasto Painters, led by eventual Rookie of the Year winner Paul Lee, won in overtime 112-105, silencing the throng of Ginebra fans at the Big Dome.

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    Rain or Shine’s biggest comeback win however happened on June 25, 2010 in the elims of the 2010 Fiesta Conference when it defeated Air21 113-111 on a Ryan Arana follow-up of import Rod Nealy’s missed jumper with 0.3 of a second remaining.

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    Arana’s heroics capped the Elasto Painters’ mighty rally from a pair of 28-point deficits, the last at 50-88 with 3:53 left in the third period.

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