|Terrence Watson got the help he needed while scoring a double-double to finally end Rain Or Shine's four-game slump. PBA Media Bureau|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—Rain Or Shine put its four-game losing skid to a halt as it posted a 104-97 win over defending champions Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Petron Saturday Special at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.
With import Terrence Watson getting ample back-up from the locals, the Elasto Painters finally got into the win column while snapping the erstwhile league-leaders’ four-game winning run.
Rain Or Shine came with guns ablazing with 36 third-quarter points, including a 14-0 blitz behind Maverick Ahanmisi’s five straight points for a 87-73 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio would spark a late-game comeback for Ginebra, with Tenorio bouncing off a three-pointer to come within 97-101.
But Gabe Norwood launched a trey of his own with 2:23 left that provided the needed cushion and settled from there.
Watson scored 29 points and 19 rebounds, his best game in a ROS uniform. Jewel Ponferada came off the bench with 18 on 8-of-11 shooting from the field along with five boards.
Ahanmisi and Norwood also provided the needed support with 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
Brownlee top-scored for Ginebra, which dropped to second place at 7-2, with 23 points and 16 boards, while Tenorio added 15 and Aljon Mariano 14.
The Gins are still playing minus injured Sol Mercado and Greg Slaughter.
Rain Or Shine 104 – Watson 29, Ponferada 18, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 11, Belga 8, Daquioag 7, Tiu 6, Yap 6, Washington 4, Borboran 3, Onwubere 0.
Ginebra 97 – Brownlee 23, Tenorio 15, Mariano 14, Ferrer 13, Thompson 10, J. Aguilar 7, Caperal 6, Chan 5, Caguioa 2, Dela Cruz 2.
Quarters: 28-28; 51-44; 87-73; 104-97.