Washington tips in eventual winner as GlobalPort noses ROS


By Ivan Saldajeno

LEGAZPI--Jay Washington scored a go-ahead putback to help GlobalPort stretch its resurgence in the PBA Governors' Cup via a 101-99 win against Rain Or Shine at the Ibalong Centrum on Saturday night.

Washington did not give up on a baseline play and tipped in his own miss with 27.5 seconds, which turned out to be the game-winner as the Batang Pier stole the win from the Elasto Painters, who led for the majority of the fight.

GlobalPort trailed, 92-97, with 3:47 remaining in the game, but the team went on a 6-0 run capped by a hook shot from Yousef Taha with 1:08 left to lead, 98-97.

Beau Belga quickly answered with an elbow jumper to give back the lead to ROS, 99-98, but Washington took centerstage with the said follow-up basket.

Jericho Cruz had a chance to put the Elasto Painters back up, but his corner three only hit the back iron and they had no choice but to foul Taha with 3.4 seconds left.

Taha, however, still kept the game interesting as he only made one of two free throws, giving the Painters a chance to force overtime.

Jeff Chan saw Dior Lowhorn sealing Stanley Pringle underneath, but Lowhorn muffed the potential equalizer at the final buzzer.

Washington's eventual clincher saved a 33-point blast by Terrence Romeo from going down the drain. Romeo made 13 of 24 shots.

GlobalPort, which tied its victim at 3-4, won despite turning the ball over 25 times as the team shot 51 percent from the field.

Lowhorn finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and three steals for ROS.

Box Scores:

GlobalPort 101-Romeo 33, Glover 18, Pringle 16, Washington 11, Taha 7, Yeo 6, Mamaril 3, Salvacion 3, Kramer 2, Semerad 2, Dehesa 0, Fortuna 0

Rain or Shine 99-Lowhorn 21, Belga 17, Lee 11, Tiu 10, Almazan 8, Chan 8, Norwood 6, Ahanmisi 5, Ponferada 5, Cruz 4, Quinahan 4

Quarterscores: 25-28, 48-54, 76-81, 101-99

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