After dominating the elimination round, top seed Rain or Shine Elasto Painters finds itself on shaky ground.
Rain or Shine, which came into the eliminations with a 9-2 record, will try to rebound from a shocking 114-113 defeat to GlobalPort Batang Pier in their PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinal knockout match Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Elasto Painters blew a 16-point lead in the third quarter and wilted in the face of the Batang Pier's comeback, sealed by Jonathan Grey's game-winning three-pointer.
The surging Batang Pier are aiming to become just the fourth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals.
The three teams to do pull it off were Ginebra during its win over Mobiline (now TNT) in the 1999 All-Filipino Cup, San Miguel over TNT in the 2002 Governors' Cup and Powerade against BMeg during the 2012 Philippine Cup.
Coach Caloy Garcia will need import Reggie Johnson and veterans Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan to lead the way if Rain or Shine wants to avoid becoming just the fourth top seed to fall to a no. 4 ranked team.