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    Rey Nambatac delivers killer blows as Rain or Shine ousts Blackwater

    Jul 25, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    REY Nambatac stood as Rain or Shine's man of the hour on Thursday night, presiding over a late charge that sealed a 85-83 win that knocked off Blackwater from the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.

    The sophomore guard scored 12 of his 21 points in the final quarter, capping a comeback from a 13-point deficit that sent Rain or Shine into a best-of-five semifinal series against San Miguel Beer.

    Game One of the best-of-five series is set on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Rookie guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Greg Smith missed jumpers in the final possession as the Elite once again fell short of a semifinal appearance after an impressive run in the midseason conference.

    “Nambatac carried us in this game. Lumalabas talaga ‘yung maturity ni Rey," said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.

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    Rain or Shine was still trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter when Nambatac led the Elastopainters back in a performance reminiscent of his heroics in the 83-80 win over Blackwater in the opener of the best-of-three series.

    With the game tied at 83-all, Nambatac once again eluded Roi Sumang and hit a medium-range jumper for Rain or Shine.

    Before that, the former Letran star sparked a 14-2 run with five straight points to help Rain or Shine grab the lead 79-75. He also answered a Mac Belo trey with 35.9 seconds left with a three-pointer of his own that tied the game at 83.

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    Javee Mocon was also instrumental in the fourth-quarter ROS comeback and finished with 15 points while import Carl Montgomery completed a double-double with his 14 points and 23 rebounds.

    Belo and Parks scored 16 points each while Greg Smith had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the third-seeded Blackwater.

    The scores:

    Rain or Shine 85 – Nambatac 21, Mocon 15, Montgomery 14, Belga 10, Norwood 7, Ponferada 6, Torres 5, Rosales 4, Borboran 3, Onwubere 0, Alejandro 0.

    Blackwater 83 – Belo 16, Parks 16, Smith 15, Maliksi 14, Cortez 10, DiGregorio 5, Desiderio 3, Sumang 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Sena 0.

    Quarters: 23-31; 38-45; 65-69; 85-83.

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