Paul Lee hit the go-ahead jumper off an offensive rebound with less than a tick left on the clock to guide
Rain or Shine to an exciting 105-103 win over Alaska on Sunday in Game 2 of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven Finals series at the Araneta Coliseum.
Lee, who sizzled with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the field plus four rebounds and four assists, took a Beau Belga missed in the dying seconds and eventually scored the crucial jumper to help the Elasto Painters seal the win with just .1 remaining on the clock.
Jeff Chan finished with 17 points also, while Jewel Ponferada, Jericho Cruz and Belga added 14 points apiece also for Rain or Shine.
Elasto Painters import Pierre Henderson-Niles scored only eight points but grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Aces refused to commit a bad start in Game 2 taking a 26-21 edge in the first quarter, but the Elasto Painters narrowed the gap at the end of second canto 51-49. Rain or Shine shot 54 % overall in the field while Alaska finished with 46% shooting overall in the field in the first half.
Baguio and Jazul delivered three-pointer each to give Alaska a comfortable 59-51 cushion early in the third frame. The Elasto Painters, however, didn’t give up easily as they were able to seize the advantage 74-70 late in the third period after Belga’s back-to- back treys.
Despite the Aces’ resistance and a 79-76 advantage at the end of third quarter, the Elasto Painters stayed unstoppable in the final canto recapturing the lead once again en route to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.
Alaska import Robert Dozier, who scored 20 points plus nine rebounds, tied the count at 103-all after a jump hook. RJ Jazul led Alaska with 24 points.
Meanwhile, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva is not thinking of individual award right now since his team is focusing on winning a title.
Abueva, 28, is averaging 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game through the end of elimination and semifinal round.
He is ranked third in Statistical Point Standings (SPs) with 32.7.
Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter is leading the statistical race with 34.2 SPs after averaging 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, but the Gin Kings are not in a championship round after being eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, who ended at second, recorded 33 SPs with 26.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds but also failed to bring his team to the playoff round.
Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro (29.8 SPs), Blackwater’s Carlo Lastimosa (28.55 SPs), San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo (28.47 SPs), Northern Luzon Expressway’s (NLEX) Sean Anthony (28.2 SPs), San Miguel Beer’s Marcio Lassiter (26.9 SPs) and Alex Cabagnot (26.7 SPs), and Rain or Shine’s JR Quinahan (25.9 SPs) are the following players who made it to the Top 10 so far.