PBA: Clutch Nambatac does it again for Rain or Shine vs Phoenix


Posted at Dec 16 2021 08:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2021 10:51 PM

Rey Nambatac's heroics towed Rain or Shine past Phoenix Super LPG for a 90-88 win in the PBA Governors' Cup Thursday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

With the Elasto Painters down by two, 86-88, Nambatac completed a three-point play, following a difficult shot over Fuel Masters' Chris Banchero in the final 22 seconds.

Phoenix tried to race back into the game after Mark Borboran's free throw shot for Rain or Shine, but ran out of time.

Nambatac finished with 17 points and 3 steals, while Beau Belga had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. 

It was a bounce back for the Elasto Painters, who suffered their first defeat in this import-flavored tourney over the weekend.

ROS coach Chris Gavina was glad Nambatac and Belga were able to carry the scoring duties after import Henry Walker settled for 15 markers due to foul troubles and Javee Mocon struggled with only 6 markers.

"I'm so proud of these guys for rising through adversity and battling for one another when our main guy Mocon was really having a bad game," said Gavina.

Import Paul Harris shot 17 to go with 20 rebounds as he led Phoenix, which only got a 10-point performance from main scorer Matthew Wright.

The scores:

RoS 90 - Nambatac 17, Belga 16, Walker 15, Santillan 13, Borboran 8, Mocon 6, Wong 6, Caracut 4, Norwood 3, Ponferada 2, Jackson 0, Torres 0.

Phoenix 88 - Harris 17, Banchero 14, Manganti 11, Wright 10, Perkins 8, Melecio 8, Jazul 8, Rios 6, Garcia 4, Camacho 2, Muyang 0, Chua 0.

Quarters: 16-23, 44-50, 71-71,90-88.