Jeff Chan fired the go-ahead triple with only seven seconds remaining to seal Rain or Shine’s 113-110 victory over San Miguel Beer in Game Two of the best-of-five semifinals of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
The series is now tied at 1-1.
“A game like this is really won by character and we showed a lot of it tonight. I want to pay tribute to [Wendell] McKines’ for his big heart and to the players for their character,” said Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao. “We survived Lassiter’s shooting. Only God can write a story this way. I’ve been coach a long time in the league and this is probably one of the most amazing comeback wins.”
Unlike their performance in Game 1, the Beermen’s offense started strong in the first quarter outscoring the Elasto Paintmasters, 19-13, via Arizona Reid’s lay-up with almost five minutes left.
Import McKiness finished with 53 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks; JR Quinahan had 11 points and Jireh Ibanez 10 points.
But Rain or Shine fought hard to even the score at 26-all behind Chris Tiu’s hit jumper followed by McKines’ split free throw with few seconds remaining.
San Miguel Beer outscored Rain or Shine in the second quarter, 27-22, further stretching the lead to 53-48 by the end of half time. The Beermen continued their dominance by the end of third period, 89-77, until the early minutes of the payoff period.
But McKines bounced back scoring two crucial baskets to tie the score at 110-all before Chan secured the win with a three-pointer.
Arizona Reid scored 33 points along with 11 rebounds and eight assists, Marcio Lassiter posted 31 points, including 10 three-pointers to lead San Miguel Beer.
On Sunday, the Alaska Aces will shoot for a three-game sweep and a championship berth when they face the Purefoods’ Star Hotshots in Game 3 of the other best-of-five semifinals at the same venue.
Game begins at 5:00pm.
After beating Star twice in the series, Alaska, under head coach Alex Compton will rely again on tight defense and seamless offense to book its 28th finals appearance since it joined the league in 1986.
“We cannot take them out for granted. The game will be just finished when we win that third game,” said Compton, who will lean on hard working import Romeo Travis, energetic Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio, Chris Banchero, JV Casio, Vic Manuel and 6’8 Sonny Thoss.