Chan helps ROS steal victory from Phoenix after wild finish
Paul Lintag on Apr 12, 2017 10:08 PM
Jeff Chan completed an and-one play that doomed Phoenix in the final moments.
In an incredible turn of events, Rain or Shine displayed some championship composure and absolutely stole one from the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The defending champion Elasto Painters came back from 17 points down to score a stunning 96-94 victory Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid at the Big Dome.
Down two points with 20 seconds to go after a split from Phoenix import Jameel McKay, ROS found Jeff Chan and the former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay came through in the clutch to complete the comeback for the Elasto Painters, allowing the champs to move up the standings with a 4-2 card.
Chan completed an and-one play off of a foul from McKay with seven seconds left, giving Rain or Shine a 95-94 lead. Following a turnover from JC Intal, Chan then made another free throw for the final tally.
Playing his best game of the mid-season conference, Chan scored a team-high 24 points off the bench, with 14 coming in the fourth period. Import Shawn Taggart added 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Elasto Painters.
Trailing by 12 with 3:49 to go, the Elasto Painters launched a 10-0 run behind Jay Washington to cut the deficit to two, 87-89. After Intal gave the Fuel Masters some breathing room with a contested baseline jumper, James Yap buried his only three of the game to push ROS to withing one with 46 seconds remaining.
McKay then appeared to save Phoenix from an epic collapse after scoring his team's last three points but failed to convert on one of his two final free throws, opening the door for Rain or Shine.
"It's a big comeback win for the team," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "I told them that the game is not yet over when Phoenix was up big."
McKay ended up with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists for Phoenix but the Fuel Masters dropped another game for a 2-4 record.
After a close first half, Phoenix slowly pulled away in the third quarter and led by as many as 17, 71-54, before Rain or Shine stormed back in the payoff period.
Rookie Gelo Alolino emerged as the top local for the Fuel Maters, finishing with 14 points.
RAIN OR SHINE 96 - Chan 24, Taggart 20, Cruz 11, Almazan 8, Yap 7, Norwood 7, Belga 6, Washington 6, Ahanmisi 5, Tiu 2, Tolomia 0, Ponferada 0, Trollano 0.
PHOENIX 94 - McKay 27, Alolino 14, Wright 12, Intal 11, Kramer 8, Borboran 7, Jazul 7, Baguio 6, Miranda 2, Torres 0, J. Wilson 0, Dehesa 0.
Quarterscores: 25-25, 42-46, 62-73, 96-94
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