Almazan's clutch free throws saves ROS from Globalport
Paul Lintag on Jul 21, 2017 09:30 PM
Raymond Almazan buried the clutch free throws for Rain or Shine as the Elasto Painters survived Globalport in a wild one.
Even as one of the PBA's younger players, Raymond Almazan sure has some veteran moves up his sleeve.
With the game on the line, Almazan outsmarted Billy Mamaril on a rebound play, drawing a crucial foul and burying two clutch free throws as Rain or Shine survived Globalport, 98-96, Friday to start the 2017 Governors' Cup at the Big Dome.
Tied at 96-all with five seconds to go, Almazan was able to get a foul from Mamaril after two missed free throws from his import, JD Weatherspoon. With him on the line for two shots, the Gilas Pilipinas standout made sure to convert to had ROS the lead.
On the other end, the Elasto Painters managed to hold on as some tenacious defense didn't allow Terrence Romeo a clean look at a possible game-tying shot. The Bro missed his contested jumper badly and Rain or Shine walked away with the victory.
"Basically, free throws saved us today. We did terrible on the free throws but in the end, when Raymond got the offensive board, those two shots were big shots," head coach Caloy Garcia said.
"Maybe we're lucky that their import didn't show up today but our import has to improve on his free throw shooting he added.
Weatherspoon shot an ugly 3-of-13 from the stripe but he did finish with 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Elasto Painters.
His counterpart for the Batang Pier, Jabril Trawick, had it way worse, scoring only three points and fouling out after only 16 minutes of play.
Aside from Weatherspoon, ROS had big games from Maverick Ahanmisi who dropped 17 points as a starter while Almazan had a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of his game-winning free throws.
The Elasto Painters controlled almost the entire game, opening up a 14-point lead in the first half before Globalport rallied in the fourth period behind an All-Filipino lineup.
Terrence Romeo was the high man for the Batang Pier with 28 points although his final shot was way off. Stanley Pringle was good for 21.
RAIN OR SHINE 98 - Weatherspoon 25, Ahanmisi 17, Almazan 15, Tiu 10, Chan 9, Washington 8, Cruz 4, Norwood 4, Ponferada 3, Yap 2, Belga 1.
GLOBALPORT 96 - Romeo 28, Pringle 21, Anthony 12, Guinto 12, Arana 3, Mamaril 3, Trawick 3, Mamaril 2, Ababou 2, Van Opstal 0, Grey 0, Maierhofer 0.
Quarters: 24-17, 50-39, 71-70, 98-96.
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