RAIN or Shine rode the late heroics of Chris Tiu to reclaim first place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after defeating Globalport, 96-90, in an ill-tempered match on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Tiu shook off a busted lip to hit the game's biggest basket as the Elasto Painters captured their second straight victory and moved back to first place with a 5-1 record entering the All-Star break.
The Batang Pier slipped to 3-3.
The game was marred by shoving match at the 3:20 mark of the fourth quarter which ended with Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi and GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong being ejected for fighting fouls.
“Another hard-earned victory for us,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. “At least the players, hindi nila tinanggal ‘yung focus nila after nung scuffle.”
Tiu was left with a bloodied mouth after an elbow from GlobalPort import Malcolm White in the fourth quarter, but stayed in the match after receiving treatment.
The former Ateneo star drilled a three-pointer that pratically sealed the win, 92-83, with 1:19 left, putting a fitting end to a courageous 10-point performance.
Reggie Johnson had 18 points and 16 rebounds while James Yap and Ahanmisi had 14 and 13 points respectively for the Elastopainters, who held a 10-point lead, 74-64, on two free throws by Yap.
The Batang Pier threatened behind a 10-0 run, but Johnson's five straight points put out the fire.
White had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Batang Pier while Stanley Pringle added 15 points.
Rain or Shine 96 - Johnson 18, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Tiu 10, Ponferada 9, Daquioag 7, Belga 6, Norwood 5, Torres 2, Nambatac 0.
GlobalPort 90 - White 21, Pringle 15, Anthony 14, Nabong 13, Tautuaa 8, Elorde 8, Grey 4, Javelona 3, Sargent 2, Guinto 2, Teng 0, Arana 0.
Quarterscores: 30-26; 45-45; 67-62; 96-90.