Jeff Chan scored the crucial baskets to deliver Rain or Shine a 103-98 triumph over Mahindra on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The left-handed Chan finished with 18 points including three triples plus five rebounds, to improve the Elasto Painters’ win-loss record to 4-3.
Chan hit a three-pointer with 2:23 left in the fourth period giving Rain or Shine a slim 96-95 advantage. He notched another point after Jericho Cruz’s two straight baskets to extend their lead to 102-97 with only 38 ticks left in the game.
Import Mo Charlo, who posted 16 points, scored a free throw to seal their win. He also notched eight assists and eight rebounds.
“It’s not a pretty game for us, but it is a good thing Jeff Chan and JR Quinahan stepped up,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao during the postgame interview. “I was upset late in the second half because there’s one bad call after another.”
Burly center JR Quiñahan led Rain or Shine with 19 points via 7-of-10 shooting in the field plus five rebounds while Cruz finished with 18 points.
“I felt we’re losing our momentum with the calls that were being made. I am not really happy with the way we won but it’s still a win and we need to play better in our next game to beat Talk ‘N Text. Mo [Charlo] is in the National Basketball Association Developmental League all defensive team.”
“I don’t know if he was just trying to adjust to the referee’s calls but he’s not physical enough against Gilchrist,” added Guiao.
Guiao was not present during the entire second half after being ejected late in the first quarter because of two technical fouls.
Import Augustus Gilchrist led the Enforcers with 28 points and 11 rebounds while LA Revilla contributed 20 points.
Mahindra’s win-loss record dropped to 3-4 because of a three-game losing skid.
Rain or Shine’s win also spoiled the PBA debut of Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s Grandson Nico.
In the second game, back-to-back Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen scored an easy 116-96 win over the Alaska Aces.
Import Tyler Wilkerson posted 32 points and 14 rebounds while playmaker Alex Cabagnot contributed 22 points plus five treys and six assists to improve San Miguel Beer’s win-loss record to 4-2. The Aces’ dropped to 5-2.
Import Shane Edwards led Alaska with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Chris Exciminiano also finished with 15 points.