The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters playoff hope is still alive after they defeated the Meralco Bolts, 83-81.
Rey Nambatac showcased once again why he is called the “Stingray” as he helped his squad stung the Bolts and ended their six-game winning streak.
Nambatac delivered 24 points and four points for his squad that in a “must-win” situation to keep their 2019 PBA Governors Cup campaign alive.
ROS import Rich Ross added 26 points and 12 boards. It seems like with Elasto Painters’ latest reinforcement is the right for their system.
In the last two games, Rain or Shine able to make wins against two third conference league-leaders, the NLEX Road Warriors and the Meralco Bolts.
It was a close match versus the two squads in the first half as both teams exchange baskets.
In the third quarter, Meralco made their scoring run and dominated that quarter, 27-19.
Yet in the fourth quarter, ROS answered back with their own 11-0 blast and kept Bolts scoreless for almost six minutes. That run puts Rain or Shine ahead 71-69.
After that sequence, the two ball-clubs traded baskets similar in the first half.
Then Rey Nambatac converted his floater at the 1:30 mark and gave his team a much more breathing room, enough for them to snatch the victory despite the last attempt of Meralco where Durham and Almazan missed their respective layups.
“The Stingray’s” Floater
Rain or Shine vs Meralco Box Score
Elasto Painters (83) – Norwood 4, Mocon 4, Ponferada 4, Ross 26, Nambatac 24, Exciminiano 8, Rosales 3, Borboran 4, Torres 3, Belga 3
Bolts (81) – Durham 23, Amer 18, Newsome 12, Quinto 6, Almazan 18, Pinto 2, Caram 2