Rey Nambatac bucked a lackluster shooting performance and delivered when it mattered the most as Rain or Shine outlasted San Miguel, 87-83, on Tuesday in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup restart at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The 26-year old Nambatac was struggling all-game long, missing his first 6 attempts before draining an off-balanced, desperation triple with just 12 seconds left on the game clock to give the Elasto Painters more breathing room via a 4-point edge, 85-81.
The Beermen overcame a poor start and a managed to crawl back into the game late in the fourth courtesy of back-to-back triples by Mo Tautuaa and Terrence Romeo which brought the deficit to a solitary point, 82-81.
A putback by Romeo after the Nambatac trey fanned San Miguel’s hopes anew but Javee Mocon put the finishing touches on Rain or Shine’s victory with two clutch free throws.
Marcio Lassiter paced the defending champions with 20 points highlighted by 5-of-9 shooting from long distance while Alex Cabagnot added 18. Tautuaa had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Romeo, who shot a miserable 5-of-16 from the field, chipped in 11.