THE Rain or Shine E-Painters escaped with an 83-82 win over the NLEX Road Warriors in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup on Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
Up four, 83-79, after E-Painters big man Beau Belga made a hook shot with 56 seconds to go, Rain or Shine went through some tense moments as NLEX pulled to within one after NLEX star Kiefer Ravena canned a long three-pointer with 19 seconds left.
The Road Warriors even gained possession after Gabe Norwood threw an errant pass as he was going out of bounds. With time running out, Ravena pushed the ball upcourt and found Semerad on the right wing. Semerad, though, forced up a difficult jumper just before the final buzzer that went awry to give Rain or Shine the victory.
Rey Nambatac led the E-Painters with 19 points and eight rebounds while Belga finished with 17 points, seven boards and five assists. Javee Mocon also had a productive outing with 12 points, six rebounds, four dimes and two steals.
Ravena produced 23 points, spiked by five triples, to go with four boards and seven assists in the losing cause. (JNP)