PBA: Rain Or Shine rallies to beat Ginebra in wild finish


Posted at May 19 2017 09:53 PM | Updated as of May 20 2017 04:43 AM

James Yap scored 15 points as Rain Or Shine defeated Barangay Ginebra 118-112 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday. Courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

Duke Crews registered 28 points and 21 rebounds, and Jericho Cruz added 19 points including a key defensive stop, as Rain Or Shine survived a wild ending to beat Ginebra 118-112 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at Cuneta Astrodome on Friday.

Rain Or Shine was up 109-102, when Justin Brownlee scored 9 straight points to make it 111-109.

After three free throws by Jay Washington gave the lead back to the Elasto Painters, Ginebra had a chance to retake the driver's seat. 

But Cruz stripped Brownlee on the dribble that led to a breakaway layup, then Brownlee badly missed a 3-point attempt in the ensuing play.

PBA Commissioner's Cup
Standings (through May 10)
Team Won Lost Next game
* San Miguel 6 1 Gin (May 21, Sun)
* Meralco 7 2 Ros (May 19, Fri)
* Star 7 2 Mer (May 24, Wed)
Ginebra 5 2 Smb (May 21, Sun)
* TNT 6 3 Ala (May 20, Sat)
Alaska 4 3 TNT (May 20, Sat)
Rain Or Shine 5 4 Gin (May 19, Fri)
Phoenix 4 5 Mah (May 21, Sun)
GlobalPort 3 6 Ros (May 26, Fri)
Blackwater 2 7 Gin (May 26, Fri)
Mahindra 2 7 Phx (May 21, Sun)
NLEX 0 9 Ala (May 24, Wed)

* - Quarterfinals
In bold -- teams with games on May 20

Forced to stopped the clock, Ginebra fouled Gabe Norwood, whose split at the line extended Rain Or Shine's lead to 115-111 with 20 seconds to go that sealed Ginebra's doom.

Jay Washington added 16 points and James Yap 15 despite missing all 7 attempts from downtown, as Rain Or Shine upped its record to 5-4.

Brownlee finished with 38 points, while Joe Devance added 19 for Ginebra, which dropped to 5-2.

Ginebra was ahead 93-77 late in the 3rd quarter before Rain Or Shine began to work.

After cutting the deficit to 10 at the start of the 4th, it took less than 3 minutes for Rain Or Shine to assume the driver's seat.

Jay Washington's triple put the Elasto Painters in front 96-95, their first taste of the lead since the last 2:30 of the 1st quarter.

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