RAIN or Shine bucked a poor free throw shooting night by leaning on a pair of timely bailout three-point shots by guard Paul Lee to escape with an 86-83 decision over skidding San Mig Super Coffee in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
The 6-foot Lee, who finished with a career-high 26 points, buried two triples and a fastbreak layup off San Mig’s turnovers to give Rain or Shine an 83-76 lead going into the final one and a half minutes of the game.
The Mixers, however, together a 7-2 run behind Mark Barroca’s own three-point shot and back-to-back inside stabs by Marc Pingris to close in at 85-83, time down to 17.7 seconds left.
Gabe Norwood then missed two free throws at the other end, giving the Mixers a new lease on life.
Unfortunately, Barroca missed on a driving layup with time winding down. Lee grabbed the rebound before he was fouled by Barroca with three seconds left in the game.
The Rain or Shine gunner split his free throws to seal the match.
Joe Devance tried a desperation three-point shot that hit the back iron as Rain or Shine notched its fourth win in five games.
“We missed too many free throws tonight. I felt if we made a couple of free throws, it would not have been that close,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said after the game.
San Mig dropped to 1-4 overall as the team continues to struggle playing with an incomplete lineup.
"The win-loss record of San Mig doesn't reflect how strong this team is," said Guiao of the reigning Governors Cup champions.
The Mixers missed ace gunner James Yap for the second straight game due to inflammation on his right elbow.
Devance played his first game of the season for the Mixers after going down with a knee injury, contributing 11 points and four rebounds.
Rain or Shine made a living from the fastbreak department after outgunning San Mig, 17-5.
Barroca led the Mixers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists, while PJ Simon added 18.
Pingris finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Rain or Shine (86) -- Lee 26, Chan 11, Arana 7, Tang 6, Teng 6, Norwood 6, Cruz 5, Rodriguez 5, Quinahan 4, Belga 2, Almazan 2, Tiu 2, Nuyles 2, Ibanes 2.
San Mig (83) -- Barroca 23, Simon 18, Pingris 12, Devance 11, Sangalang 8, Reavis 7, Mallari 4, Acuna 0, Gaco 0, Cawaling 0.
Quarterscores: 25-15; 38-34; 62-59; 86-83.