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came up with clutch baskets as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters completed its fight back from 17 points down for a 96-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Trailing 94-92 with just 7.7 seconds left in the game, Chan scored on a three-point play to surge the Painters ahead 95-94. With 2.4 ticks remaining, Chan drained his first free throw and deliberately missed the second as the time expired.
The Bacolod City, Negros Occidental-native Chan finished with 24 points, half coming in the final 12 minutes, for the Painters, which snapped a two-game slide to improve to a 4-2 win-loss slate.
“It’s a good comeback win,” Painters head coach Carlos Garcia said. “I told them if they wanted to get the game, it’s up to them. We just had to cut down the lead. The nice thing is they didn’t give up.”
Down by as much as 17 points at 73-56, the Painters began its fightback in the fourth frame behind Chan, Shawn Taggart and Anthony Washington to come to as close as 89-87.
After a JC Intal hit that extend Fuel Masters’ lead to 91-87, James Yap answered with a triple followed by an inside hit by Taggart to cut the deficit to 93-92. Chan then unloaded four straight points to surge the Painters ahead for good.
Reinforcement Taggart finished with double-double 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Ilonggo Jericho Cruz added 11 markers for the Painters, which struggled offensively before escaping with a win.
Import Jameel McKay top-scored with double-double 27 points and 18 rebounds, while rookie Angelo Alolino added 14 markers for the Fuel Masters, which suffered its second straight loss to slids down to the 2-4 mark./PN