ANTIPOLO – GlobalPort made Blackwater realize a coaching change can’t immediately alter a team’s fortunes as the Batang Pier added to the frustrations of the Elite with a 117-106 decision in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
The Batang Pier overhauled an early double-digit deficit with a strong showing after intermission as they spoiled the debut of new Elite coach Bong Ramos, who took over from Leo Isaac but couldn’t save his team from reeling to a fourth straight loss.
Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle proved to be a potent one-two punch while Malcolm White anchored the middle as the Batang Pier registered their second straight win after starting the conference with a loss.
“It’s a total team effort, but at the same time there were special players who stepped up, especially Sean Anthony and Stanley has been consistent,” GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said.
“Yung attitude, yung winning attitude, and Mo is getting his timing... we're sure na magi-improve yung team,” he added. “Marami pa aayusin pero at least yung chemistry nanjan na kahit papaano.”
Anthony brandished an all-around performance of 29 points, 13 boards, eight assists, and three steals in 38 minutes, heating up in the middle quarters where he scattered 19 points in the middle quarters, including 13 in the third canto where the Batang Pier outscored the Elite, 35-17, to turn the game around.
The Filipino-Canadian workhorse then scored all but two of the Batang Pier’s last 10 points of the game to lead the breakaway after the Elite pulled to within five points, 107-102, with a little over three minutes left.
Pringle was equally dangerous, putting up 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and one steal, against six turnovers in 40 minutes, while White added 28 points, eight caroms, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes.
Mo Tatuaa also made up for his one-game suspension as he added 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 10 rebounds, and one assist in almost 34 minutes.
The result also spoiled another dominant showing by Jarrid Famous who poured in 41 points, 22 rebounds, two steals, and one assist, against eight turnovers in 42 minutes as the Elite import found little significant contribution from the locals.
GLOBALPORT 117 – Anthony 29, White 28, Pringle 26, Tautuaa 14, Elorde 6, Grey 5, Araña 4, Guinto 3, Sargent 2, Teng 0, Gabayni 0, Viernes 0
BLACKWATER 106 – Famous 41, DiGregorio 19, Belo 11, Erram 11, Sumang 10, Sena 7, Maliksi 5, Marcelo 2, Cruz 0, Pinto 0
Quarterscores: 30-35, 62-64, 97-81, 117-106