ANTIPOLO, Rizal - Denzel Bowles had another dominant performance in crunch time as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters outplayed the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, 89-82, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup here on Sunday.
Bowles once again took over down down the stretch, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter alone to tow his squad to their second victory.
Down by three, 80-77, from a four-point play by Matthew Wright, Bowles responded with a three-point play while Rey Nambatac swished a triple to wrest the lead away, 85-80.
Unfortunately for Phoenix, acting coach Topex Robinson got hit with a technical foul for entering the playing court at the 1:58 mark, spelling doom for the squad.
With the loss, the Fuel Masters dropped to a 1-3 record.
"Technically I felt that we didn't deserve this win because like I said, we looked bad," said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. "But it's good that Denzel was able to give us this win. He didn't want to lose. That's the kind of character of an import that you want."
For his effort, Bowles finished with 28 points on top of 14 rebounds and five assists.
Javee Mocon and James Yap added 15 apiece for the Elasto Painters.
Richard Howell led Phoenix's attack with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Matthew Wright chipped in 15 markers.
ROS (89) - Bowles 28, Mocon 15, Yap 15, Nambatac 11, Norwood 9, Daquioag 4, Alejandro 3, Rosales 2, Borboran 2, Onwubere 0, Maiquez 0, Ahanmisi 0, Ponferada 0, Torres 0, Belga 0.
PHOENIX (82) - Howell 27, Wright 15, Revilla 12, Jazul 7, Chua 7, Marcelo 7, Intal 4, Perkins 3, Gamboa 0, Kramer 0? Mallari 0, Napoles 0, Mendoza 0, Dennison 0, Guevarra 0, Wilson 0.
Quarter Scores: 14-20, 32-38, 61-61, 89-82.
- Alex Mallari was unable to play as he continues to recover from a laceration in his right hand. He sustained the injury on June 7.
- James Yap suffered a groin injury and was subbed out at the 7:29 mark of the third quarter. He finished with 15 points.
Phoenix: Saturday, June 15 vs Alaska at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum
ROS: Wednesday, June 19 vs NorthPort at the Mall of Asia Arena