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.
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.
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.