PBA: Rain Or Shine edges TNT, forces do-or-die


Posted at Sep 27 2017 07:01 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2017 07:28 PM

Gabe Norwood and Rain Or Shine forced a deciding game in their PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinal series against TNT. PBA Media Bureau

J'Nathan Bullock scored 31 points, including 7 3-pointers, as Rain Or Shine downed TNT 106-102 in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals at Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.

Rain Or Shine was ready to chalk up the win ahead 102-82 with 6:30 remaining the fourth quarter, but an 18-2 rally by TNT in a matter of 5 1/2 minutes closed the gap to 104-100.

With 12 seconds to go and down two possessions, TNT missed a pair of desperation 3s, sending their series to a deciding game on Friday.

"They caught us a bit surprised. Nawala intensity namin," Rain Or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said of TNT's comeback.

"We just extended the series. I told (the team) from the beginning, we’re a good matchup for Talk N Text."

Trailing in the third 72-69, Rain Or Shine finished off the quarter on a 15-3 run to take the driver's seat 84-75, before extending its lead to 20 midway through the fourth.

Bullock and Gabe Norwood combined for 11 3-pointers, more than the 9 total made by TNT.

Bullock also finished with 15 rebounds, while Norwood tallied 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists as Rain Or Shine beat TNT for the second time this conference.

"The pressure is on. We wanted to come out with another win and proved (the first win) wasn’t a fluke," Norwood said.

All TNT starters finished in double-figure scoring, led by Kelly Williams' 23 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Rice added 19 points and 10 rebounds, but shot only 8 of 28 from the field.

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