RAIN or Shine needed an extra period to finally put an end to Phoenix Pulse’s five-game winning streak.
Coach Caloy Garcia surely doesn’t mind.
Rain or Shine leaned on Mark Borboran’s floating jump shot with 12 seconds remaining and watched Calvin Abueva miss a desperation three-point shot to escape with a 98-94 win over Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.
Borboran’s basket came after Alex Mallari’s driving layip put the Fuel Masters to within 94-96 with still 37 seconds remaining.
Beau Belga led the way for the E-Painters with a near triple double of 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Kris Rosales also had 16 points and Maverick Ahanmisi had 13.
Jason Perkins topscored for Phoenix with 27 points with nine rebounds, followed by Matthew Wright with 16 and Mallari with 12.
Actually, Rain or Shine went 35-of-74 from the floor for 47 percent against Phoenix;s dismal 38-of-98 shooting for only 38 percent.
Phoenix, however, had more rebounds than Rain or Shine, 61-44.
The tournamen t resumes on Wednesday with a regular doubleheader before taking a break to give way to the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.
Wednesday’s matches at the Mall of Asia Arena will see Blackwater against Alaska Milk at 4:30 p.m. and Magnolia against Rain or Shine at 7 p.m.
Alaska is 1-1, while Blackwater is 1-5 heading into their crucial encounter.
Magnolia, which captured the PBA Governors’ Cup last year, will be making only its second game this conference.
The Hotshots lost 75-80 to Talk N Text in their debut last Feb. 3.
Rain or Shine (98) -- Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.
Phoenix (94) -- Perkins 27, Wright 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.
Quarterscores: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87, 98-94.