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    Nambatac saves the day as Rain or Shine outlasts Columbian in OT thriller

    Jun 23, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    BATANGAS CITY – Rain or Shine finally picked up a win against Columbian in overtime, 88-86, on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum.

    Rey Nambatac scored a go-ahead lay-up with 2.6 seconds left in overtime for the Elastopainters, who improved their card to 3-3, while ending a four-game losing skid against the Dyip.

    Denzel Bowles had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists even after missing 14 of his 21 free throws in the game.

    Rain or Shine survived after Rashawn McCarthy hit a triple from the right corner with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 81.

    “It’s finally nice to get a win against Columbian,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. “We lost for the last four conferences against them. I told the players the only motivation they can get is to win today’s game.”

    Nambatac and Jewel Ponferada had 10 points each for the Elastopainters, who even led by 11 points only for the Dyip to make the comeback.

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    The Dyip were still up, 86-84, with less than three minutes left in overtime but Bowles and Beau Belga hit free throws to tie the game. CJ Perez missed a lay-up in the dying seconds to set up the Nambatac game-winner.

    Lester Prosper had 26 points and 15 rebounds, while McCarthy had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Dyip, who fell to 1-6.

    The scores:

    Rain or Shine 88 – Bowles 29, Ponferada 10, Nambatac 10, Daquioag 9, Norwood 8, Mocon 8, Belga 5, Rosales 4, Yap 3, Torres 2, Borboran 0.

    Columbian 86 – Prosper 26, McCarthy 15, Perez 12, Corpuz 11, Khobuntin 8, Camson 5, King 4, Calvo 2, Cahilig 2, Celda 1, Reyes 0, Escoto 0, Faundo, Agovida 0.

    Quarters: 22-27; 44-39; 62-62; 81-81; 88-86.

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