MANILA -- Billy Ray Robles came alive when it mattered most and rescued Davao Occidental from the edge of heartbreak in a 77-66 come-from-behind victory versus home team San Juan in Game 4 of the National Finals, Monday at FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Tigers were nine minutes away from losing the league's first-ever National Finals, down by 10, 57-47.
Robles had other plans, however, and went berserk the rest of the way where he dropped 12 of his 22 points while also totaling 18 rebounds and three assists. "Billy played big and then the key there is we executed on both ends of the floor," head coach Don Dulay said post-game.
He was joined by guards Joseph Terso and Emman Calo who merged for 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
In all, Davao Occidental went on a 30-9 tear in the last nine minutes to turn a 10-point deficit into a 11-point win. "You saw my guys fighting the whole game. We had some lapses and kept telling those guys to fix those and we'll be okay," Dulay said.
Robles just couldn't be stopped during that pivotal push, outscoring all of their opponents by his lonesome, 12-9.
Most importantly, Robles kept his team alive and kicking as they go back home to the Almendras Gym for the winner-take-all Game 5 for the national championship on Thursday.
For the Knights, Orlan Wamar showed the way with 19 points while John Wilson chipped in a 17-marker, 12-rebound double-double.
DAVAO OCCIDENTAL 77 -- Robles 22, Yee 14, Terso 11, Calo 10, Najorda 8, Custodio 7, Raymundo 3, Lamocha 2, Regalado 0, Medalla 0, Gonzales 0.
SAN JUAN 66 -- Wamar 19, Wilson 17, Cardona 9, Rodriguez 6, Ayonayon 4, Clarito 4, Jeruta 3, Reyes 2, Muyang 2, Aquino 0, Marquez 0.
Quarter scores: 12-17, 29-34, 45-53, 77-66
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.