Jeff Chan waxed hot in the second half as Rain Or Shine lived for another day to finally repulsed San Mig in Game 5 of the Finals
San Mig Coffee started strong first, going on a 16-1 run to open up a 20-10 lead midway through the first quarter.
Rain or Shine, buoyed by a bench crew finally showing up in the series, fought back in the second period, cutting the deficit to a single point, 28-27. But the Mixers weathered the storm, restoring a 43-35 lead at halftime.
The Elasto Painters came out roaring in the second half led by Gilas gunner Chan. The lefty gunner scored nine points in a 13-3 blast as the Elasto Painters finally took back the lead, 48-46, to start the third period.
Rain or Shine remained in control with a 57-54 edge to begin the fourth quarter.
San Mig Coffee threatened to within a single point, 61-60, before Chan caught fire with eight straight points to give the Elasto Painters a nine-point lead.
The Mixers struck back with a 9-3 run led by James Yap to cut the deficit, 72-69.
Paul Lee pushed the lead to five after a difficult jumper, but Yap answered back with a three-pointer as the Mixers came within two points, 74-72.
The teams exchanged fruitless possessions before Gabe Norwood nailed a crucial three-pointer with 1:22 left for a 77-72 lead.
After Rain or Shine forced a turnover in the next San Mig Coffee possession, Chan nailed a difficult turnaround jumper to beat the shotclock buzzer and put his team ahead by seven points, 79-72, with 48.3 seconds remaining.
Marc Pingris scored quickly in the next play after a timeout to cut the lead to five, before San Mig Coffee forced a 24-second violation on the Elasto Painters on the other end.
But Yap couldn’t convert on his three-point attempt for San Mig Coffee, leaving Rain or Shine with possession with 13.6 seconds remaining.
Chan converted two free throws to seal the deal for the Elasto Painters.
Jeff Chan waxed hot in the second half as Rain Or Shine lived for another day to finally repulsed San Mig in Game 5 of the Finals Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/23/2014 Rating: