Rain or Shine defeats Derby Ace in OT

Philippine Basketball Association
2010 Fiesta Conference Quarterfinals Game 3
B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Rain or Shine wins in overtime 117-111 now leads series 2-1

Sol Mercado (16pts, 9rebs, 15asts) of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters takes over in OT by scoring 9 points and beats Derby Ace Llamados, 117-111 and is one win away from the semifinals matchup vs San Miguel Beermen. Derby Ace had a chance to win in regulation with 5sec left in the game but wasted the opportunity to lead this series. James Yap had a season high 34 pts along with 4rebs and 4asts, made clutch baskets in the 4th quarter, but still came up short missing a couple of three point shots in overtime.

Derby Ace was down in the 1st half with Rain or Shine having its biggest lead with 18points, but Derby Ace came back strong starting the 3rd quarter with an 18-0 blast and it was a very close game in the 4th quarter with a couple of players making big baskets down the stretch including Nino Canaleta (17pts , 6rebs) and Don Allado (10pts, 4rebs) of Derby Ace and Jervy Cruz (16pts, 8rebs) of Rain or Shine.

Derby Ace Import Clif Brown, who might have played his last game in the PBA contributed 31 pts, 23rebs (11 offensive) and 5asts. Game 4 will be on Friday, July 16 at the Cuneta Astrodome at 7:30pm.

Other notes from the game:
– Marc Pingris and Kerby Raymundo did not play due to injuries.
– Roger Yap – 5pts, 10asts, 4rebs, 1stl, 1blk
– Rafi Reavis – 5pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1blk
– Derby Ace was only 21 of 32 from the Free Throw line

Game scores:

Rain or Shine 117 – Nealy 32, Chan 22, Cruz 16, Mercado 16, Norwood 14, Arana 6, Laure 5, Ibanes 4, Reyes 2, Tang 0, Salangsang 0, Hrabak 0.

Derby Ace 111 – Yap J. 34, Brown 31, Canaleta 17, Allado 10, Artadi 6, Reavis 5, Yap R. 5, Simon 2, Maierhofer 1, Timberlake 0, Salvador 0, Adducul 0.

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