PBA: ROS retains no. 1 after 19-point comeback over Phoenix
Paul Lintag on Jun 16, 2018 06:39 PM
The Elasto Painters are still no. 1 after yet another hard-earned win.
Rain or Shine retains the no. 1 spot.
The Elasto Painters erased a 19-point deficit Saturday, escaping the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 108-106, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena.
ROS won a fifth straight game, improving to 8-1 in the standings. The Elasto Painters gained a half game lead over Alaska with the victory.
The Elasto Painters were down from the very start as Jeff Chan's first-quarter explosion pushed Phoenix up, 29-10.
Eugene Phelps followed suit, dropping 13 in the second period as the Fuel Masters maintained a good lead at the break, 57-45.
However, Reginald Johnson responded with 13 points in the third quarter for ROS as the Elasto Painters slowly gained momentum, cutting the deficit to five, 80-85.
By the fourth, the game turned into a back-and-forth but ROS got some cushion after Johnson got back-to-back baskets for a 102-98 lead.
With 23.7 seconds to go and possession, Phoenix had a chance to win but Phelps' layup barely missed its mark, allowing the Elasto Painters to hold on for the win.
"It's another hard-earned win for us," head coach Caloy Garcia said.
"During halftime, I told the players that we can't be complacent against any team as I felt that we didn't want to win today's game. I just told them that we have to at least keep the game close to have a chance at beating Phoenix coz Phoenix they were playing so good," he added.
Johnson led ROS with 32 points and 17 rebounds while James Yap and Beau Belga added 13 each.
For Phoenix, Eugene Phelps scored 26 points. Chan also got 26 but 23 came in the first half. The Fuel Masters lost a fourth straight game and dropped to 3-6.
Rain or Shine (108): Johnson 32, Yap 13, Belga 13, Almazan 11, Tiu 9, Daquioag 7, Ponferada 7, Ahanmisi 7, Norwood 5, Borboran 2, Nambatac 2
Phoenix (106): Phelps 26, Chan 26, Wright 15, Jazul 13, Kramer 11, Wilson 6, Perkins 5, Chua 4, Revilla 0, Intal 0, Dehesa 0, Mendoza 0,
Quarter scores: 17-31, 45-57, 80-85, 108-106
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