PBA: Gutsy Grey rescues Globalport from elimination in Commissionerís Cup
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 10, 2018 07:14 PM
Jonathan Grey is the reason why Globalport will still be fighting in the conference (FILE PHOTO)
With Ed Daqioag all over him, Jonathan Grey launched the shot that would end or extend Globalport’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Grey’s corner triple found the bottom of the net and proved to be the difference for the Batang Pier who rallied from as much as 12 points down to stun top-seeded Rain or Shine, 114-113, on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The second-year swingman wound up with a conference-high 22 points, the last three of which rescued his team from elimination.
Eighth-seeded Globalport found itself chasing down the Elasto Painters for majority of the matchup.
Rain or Shine even had a 12-point lead at the midway mark of the third quarter and was still ahead, 112-110, inside the last two minutes.
Grey and Maverick Ahanmisi then traded splits from the stripe to put the score at 113-111 in favor of E-Painters with 16.2 ticks to go on the clock.
Off a timeout, head coach Pido Jarencio put the ball, and his trust, on his starting guard who did nothing but come through.
Rain or Shine still had 11.2 seconds to make something happen, but reinforcement Reggie Johnson bobbled the inbound pass from Chris Tiu and both of Johnson and Ahanmisi missed their game-tying tries.
When the buzzer sounded, Jarencio and his wards were celebrating a stunning upset of the top seed that forces a do-or-die matchup for a semifinals spot on Thursday.
Grey had the heroics, but Malcolm White showed the way for the Batang Pier all game long and totalled 28 points and 16 rebounds. Stanley Pringle was also all over the court and finished with 21 markers, nine boards, and nine assists.
For the Elasto Painters, Johnson topped the scoring column with 24 points on top of 15 rebounds and six assists. Five other teammates were also in double-digits, including Raymond Almazan who had his own 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Without an answer for Grey’s heroics, though, they have just lost their twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
GLOBALPORT 114 – White 28, Grey 22, Pringle 21, Anthony 11, Elorde 7, Taha 6, Tautuaa 6, Javelona 4, Espinas 3, Guinto 3, Teng 3, Arana 0
RAIN OR SHINE 113 – Johnson 24, Almazan 17, Yap 16, Ahanmisi 15, Daquioag 14, Tiu 10, Norwood 9, Belga 8, Torres 0
QUARTER SCORES: 24-26, 52-60, 83-91, 114-113
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