RAIN or Shine’s experience came to the fore in overtime as it held off Mahindra 99-95 last night for its second straight win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Import Shawn Taggart scored four his 29 points in the extension and also found Jeff Chan for a corner 3 that gave Rain or Shine a 97-93 cushion going into the last 1:39.
Mahindra’s status as a relative newcomer surfaced as it failed to come up with the right plays and points after Taggart’s trickler of a basket maintained the four-point separation heading to the game’s final 69 seconds.
“It’s probably the chemistry we had,” said Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia, who celebrated his 42nd birthday.
“Sila as a group halos bago pa lang magkasama in that kind of a situation. Kami ang last five sa loob matagal ng magkakasama.”
The E-Painters emerged with a follow-up to its 113-105 win over NLEX last Friday while Mahindra absorbed its second straight loss after dropping an 86-94 decision to Meralco also on opening day.
Import James White had 29 points and 21 rebounds and his block on Chan’s layup ensured an 88-all count in the dying seconds of regulation.
The deadlock stayed and OT was forced when White missed a jumper. He also failed to pull Mahindra closer when he muffed two charities off Raymond Almazan’s deliberate foul in the last 56 seconds of the extra period.
Jason Deutchman’s ensuing triple try went wide and the Floodbusters’ last three tries also failed to find their mark.
Beau Belga and James Yap each added 12 points for Rain or Shine, with Chan chipping in 10.
In what was his finest game so far with Mahindra, Gary David scored 13 points, all coming in the fourth period, that enabled the Floodbusters to charge back from a 73-80 deficit and take an 86-80 lead.
But Belga and Chan sparked an 8-2 exchange that was helped along by David’s turnover in the last 37 seconds of regulation.