BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – Despite feeling unwell, Denzel Bowles didn't offer any excuses after missing a bunch of free throws that nearly cost Rain or Shine its overtime win over Columbian.
The American import made only 7 of his 21 foul shots as the Elasto Painters barely escaped with an 88-86 overtime win over the Dyip in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday, June 23.
"Yesterday because of the food, can't really settle well so I didn't really feel as well today. But that's on me," said Bowles, who was still as valuable in the triumph with 29 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 blocks.
"I can't miss that many free throws. But the food here didn't really settle well with me."
With Rain or Shine up 79-78 late in regulation, Bowles had the chance to secure the victory for his side but missed half of his 4 charities – paving the way for Rashawn McCarthy to send the game to overtime with a triple.
Bowles was put on the line again late in the extra period with the Dyip holding a slim 86-85 advantage only to make 1 of his 4 freebies to shave the Elasto Painters' deficit to a whisker.
Luckily for him, Beau Belga knotted the score at 86-86 before Rey Nambatac sank the game-winning layup as Rain or Shine toppled Columbian for the first time since 2017.
"I haven't been here but this team has beaten us 4, 5 times in a row and we wanted to come here and break it today," Bowles said.
Bowles and Rain or Shine (3-3) shoot for a second straight win against NLEX (1-6) at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, June 28. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.