PBA: Ray Parks, Blackwater top Rain Or Shine to send q’finals to do-or-die

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Posted at Jul 23 2019 09:21 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2019 10:36 PM

Ray Parks Jr. and Blackwater averted elimination with a grind-it-out win Tuesday. PBA Media Bureau

Greg Smith fired 32 points and Ray Parks added 28, as Blackwater downed Rain Or Shine 100-96 on Tuesday to send their quarterfinals series to a deciding Game 3 in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

After a tight 83-80 loss to the Elasto Painters, the Elite grinded it out until the end to save themselves from elimination.

Smith scored the most crucial baskets in the end game, including a jumper that gave them a 97-93 lead in the final 44.7 seconds. 

Mac Belo contributed 14 points.

The Elite led by as many as 14, but the Elasto Painters rallied back to within 2 points. 

Fortunately, Blackwater held on to its lead to send their best-of-3 series to a deciding game on Thursday. 

The scores:

Blackwater 100 - Smith 31, Parks 28, Belo 14, Digregorio 13, Sena 4, Maliksi 3, Javier 3, Desiderio 2, Cortez 2, Sumang 0, Al-Hussaini 0.

Rain or Shine 96 - Mocon 25, Borboran 13, Belga 13, Alejandro 12, Montgomery 11, Rosales 10, Nambatac 9, Ponferada 2, Onwubere 1, Norwood 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 38-35, 68-64, 100-96

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