Jonathan Grey scored 22 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining, as GlobalPort came back from a huge second-half deficit to beat top seed Rain Or Shine 114-113 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals at Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.
GlobalPort, seeded eighth and last in the playoffs, looked doomed when Malcolm White was called for his fifth foul and the Batang Pier were behind 89-73 less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
But an 18-2 run by GlobalPort — including 15 unanswered — enabled coach Pido Jarencio and his crew to draw even at 91-all, and stay in step with Rain Or Shine.
Down 113-111, Grey buried a well-defended 3-pointer off a Malcolm White kick-out pass that put GlobalPort up by 1.
Rain Or Shine had several chances to make a basket, but was thwarted every time.
The deciding game is on Thursday.
GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio liked what he saw in Grey, who scored 12 of his total in the fourth quarter.
"Sabi ko sa kaniya, 'Laruan mo naman ako ngayon, bigyan mo ako ng depensa, bigyan mo ako ng score.' 'Sige coach,' sabi niyang ganun," Jarencio said.
"Kaya nga 'yung playing time nandoon at the same time nag-deliver. So for sure, priority na siya sa rotation namin. At the same time maraming tumulong for this game."
White finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds, while Stanley Pringle contributed 21 points for GlobalPort, which also benefited from 3 crucial misses by Maverick Ahanmisi in the last 40 seconds.
"He hardly misses on free throws. Malaking bagay 'yun," Jarencio said.
"Kung na-convert niya 'yung free throws baka nahirapan na tayo."
Reggie Johnson scored 24 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Rain Or Shine, which lost back-to-back for the first time in the conference after going 9-1.
Raymond Almazan added 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading 5 other local players in double-digit scoring.
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