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Bowles proxy Montgomery proves worth as ROS escape Magnolia

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Carl Montgomery gave a good account of himself as a stand-in import for the injured Denzel Bowles, helping Rain or Shine snatch its second straight wins over Magnolia, 86-82, on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Elasto Painters moved back to .500 with a 5-5 win-loss card and enhanced their chances of a Top 6 finish.

Montgomery scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made the crucial block on Jio Jalalon on a fastbreak that stopped Magnolia’s momentum after they cut a 10-point deficit to just four inside the final two minutes.

Beau Belga top-scored for Rain or Shine with 22 while Javee Mocon scored all of his 7 points in an 11-0 run that enabled Rain or Shine to break loose from a 69-69 deadlock late in the final quarter. Ed Daquioag chipped in 14 points.

Ian Sangalang led Magnolia with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while import James Farr had 19 points and 23 rebounds for the Hotshots, who lost their third straight game after a five-game win streak.