Rain or Shine derails NLEX

November 03, 2018

IN what could be the final game of his storied PBA career, Chris Tiu produced a performance worth remembering.

Tiu  finished with a career-high 30 points --17 in the second half -- as the import-less Rain or Shine rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun NLEX, 107-101 in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Tiu, who  had already hinted in the  past  about  retirement  after six years, was the   man of   the hour in the  E-Painters’ dramatic victory over the Road Warriors.

Although laying without an import in their final game of the season-ending conference, the E-Painters came charging back behind Tiu.

Tiu’s back-to-back baskets put Rain or Shine ahead, 54-53, on and later 82-74 at the end of the third period.

The former Ateneo star, who was selected No. 7 overall by Rain or Shine during the 2012 PBA Draft, waxed hot in the fourth period and nailed a dagger three that gave the E-Painters a 97-78 cushion in the final quarter.     

“Chris (Tiu) played his hearts out. Maybe he might be retiring at the end of the day. With 30 points, maybe he should not retire. Decision niya ‘yun. This game is  for Chris,” said Rain or Shine  coach Caloy Garcia.

Garcia, however, admitted Tiu has an  expiring contract at the end of the season.

He has yet to sit down with management to discuss  any plans for extension  or finally hanging up his sneakers.

But it was not  an all-Tiu  show.

Norbert Torres, Gabe Norwood, James Yap and Dexter Maiquez  did  most of the dameg in the third  period when the E-Painters outscored the Road Warriors, 34-23.

The scores:

Rain or Shine (107) --Tiu 30, Ponferada 13, Torres 12, Maiquez 12, Nambatac 10, Yap 8, Norwood 8, Daquioag 6, Onwubere 5, Borboran 3, Washington 0, Casino 0.

NLEX (101) -- Fuller 29, Galanza 14, Miranda 12, Paniamogan 11, Taulava 9, Fonacier 8, Tiongson 5, Mallari 4, Quinahan 3, Rios 3, Monfort 3, Ighalo 0, Baguio 0, Marcelo 0, Tallo 0.

Quarterscores: 17-31, 46-51, 82-74, 107-101.