The Rain or Shine Elastopainters held off a late rally from the San Mig Coffee Mixers to win Game 5, 81-74, and live another day in their best of seven finals series. The Mixers is still ahead of the series, 3-2. Jeff Chan led the Elastopainters with 24 points (23 in the second half) and 4 assists. Game 6 is on Wednesday, 8PM.
6:54 PM: ROS ahead, 79-74. 22 seconds left. SMC ball
6:47 PM: ROS leads SMC, 77-72. 52 seconds left
6:30 PM: ROS lead SMC, 66-60. 8:20 left in Q4.
6:22 PM: ROS now lead SMC, 59-54, end of Q3. They outscored the Mixers 24-11.
6:04 PM: Score tied, 46-all. Halfway through Q3.
5:57 PM: ROS begins Q3 on a 7-1 blast, now only down 42-44. 8 minutes remaining
5:31 PM: SMC still ahead, 43-35. End of first half
5:19 PM: SMC leads ROS, 33-29. Second quarter
5:10 PM: SMC leads ROS, 20-14. End of first quarter.
5:03 PM: SMC leads ROS, 20-13. Two minutes left in Q1.
#FlashbackSunday – SMC and ROS first crossed paths during the 2012 Governor’s Cup. The Elastopainters zoomed ahead 3-1 but the Mixers won Games 5 and 6 handily. ROS avoided being only the second team since 1991 to squander a 3-1 finals series lead when it prevailed in Game 7, 83-76. It remains the team’s first and only championship to date.
4:52 PM: SMC ahead of ROS, 13-9. Midway through first quarter.
Update, 4:40 PM – Game 5 has begun.
San Mig Coffee starters: Simon, Yap, Reavis, Pingris, Devance
Rain or Shine starters: Lee, Arana, Quinahan, Cruz, Norwood
Pregame – The San Mig Coffee Mixers will try to close out its 2013-2014 PBA Philippine Cup finals series against the Rain or Shine Elastopainters this Sunday afternoon. The Mixers lead the best of-seven series 3 games to 1 after winning Game 4 last Friday, 93-90.
Only one team in PBA history has been able to recover from a 3-1 deficit during a finals series. During the 1991 First Conference, the Ginebra San Miguel squad led by playing coach Robert Jaworski won three consecutive games to defeat Shell Rimula X for the championship. Rudy Distrito’s jumper with only five seconds left in regulation sealed the win for them.