Denzel Bowles flashes 'vintage' form in Rain or Shine win over Phoenix | Inquirer Sports

Denzel Bowles flashes ‘vintage’ form in Rain or Shine win over Phoenix

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 11:41 PM June 09, 2019
Denzel Bowles Rain or Shine

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ANTIPOLO CITY—It’s been seven years since Denzel Bowles was regarded as the PBA’s best import, but at least for a game so far in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup he felt that younger and more dominant version of himself was back.

Bowles was dominant for Rain or Shine in a 89-82 win over Phoenix Sunday, putting up 28 points, 16 of which came in the fourth, on 11-of-14 shooting and 14 rebounds.

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“It felt like a vintage me like back a couple of years ago when I played here,” said Bowles, the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Best Import. “The takeover like that, it felt really good.”

Bowles had four stints with the Purefoods franchise before returning for a fifth PBA duty this time, for the Elasto Painters.

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And he certainly wants to make the most out of the opportunity to lead Rain or Shine.

With the Elasto Painters went down, 75-68, with 8:16 to play, Bowles took it upon himself to rally his team back en route to its second straight victory.

Bowles gave the Elasto Painters an 82-80 lead off a three-point play with 2:20 to play before delivering the dagger with 50.2 seconds with a short bank shot to cap off Rain or Shine’s 12-2 closing run.

“This is a different offense for me and I’m adjusting to my teammates and they’re adjusting to me, I think every game we’re getting better and better,” said Bowles. “We’re a defensive team so we will always be in the game.”

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