In yet another nail-biting finish, Barangay Ginebra displayed their never-say-die spirit and secured a remarkable 108-107 comeback victory over Rain or Shine in the PBA On Tour preseason game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Jayson David, an unexpected hero, came to the forefront for the Kings, sealing the win with his clutch plays in the dying seconds of the game.
Throughout the match, Ginebra found themselves playing catch-up, trailing by as much as 10 points against the Elasto Painters. Rain or Shine seemed poised to continue their unbeaten run after Rey Nambatac completed a crucial three-point play, extending their lead to 107-101 with just under two minutes remaining on the clock.
But the Kings refused to back down, staging a late rally that left the crowd on the edge of their seats. It was Jeremiah Gray who ignited the comeback, sinking a pivotal three-pointer to breathe new life into the Ginebra squad. Gray’s exceptional performance contributed 19 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, narrowly missing out on a triple-double.
Von Pessumal, who delivered an outstanding performance, led the charge early in the game for the Kings. The former Ateneo standout showcased his scoring prowess, tallying a game-high 29 points along with eight rebounds and one assist. Aljon Mariano also made his presence felt with a solid double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
With the game hanging in the balance, Jayson David emerged from relative anonymity to steal the spotlight. David, who had struggled throughout the contest, seized the moment when his team needed him most. Substituting for a cramping Nards Pinto, the 6-foot-3 forward seized the opportunity to make his mark.
David’s heroics began with a pair of daring drives to the basket, cutting through Rain or Shine’s defense to convert two crucial baskets. With just 2.4 seconds remaining on the clock, his go-ahead basket sent the Ginebra faithful into a frenzy. The unexpected hero delivered when it mattered most, securing the victory and ending Rain or Shine’s unbeaten streak in the preseason.
Ginebra’s head coach, Richard Del Rosario, commended David’s resilience and ability to step up in the clutch. Despite his struggles earlier in the game, David showcased his mental toughness and proved that he could be relied upon in crucial moments.
Rain or Shine’s Nick Demusis had a chance to force overtime with a corner shot at the buzzer, but his attempt fell short. The Elasto Painters, despite the loss, displayed a strong performance, with Demusis and Gian Mamuyac leading the team with 16 points each.
With back-to-back come-from-behind victories, Barangay Ginebra demonstrated its fighting spirit and resilience. The Kings improved their record to 4-3, leaving their opponents in awe of their ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. As the PBA preseason event presented by Arena Plus and sponsored by Bingo Plus continues, Ginebra’s thrilling triumph serves as a reminder that in the world of basketball, no lead is safe, and anything is possible until the final buzzer sounds.