GLOBALPORT pounced on Alaska's reserve players down stretch to roll to a 117-104 overtime win on Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and clinch the last quarterfinal spot that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.
With the Aces deciding to rest import Romeo Travis the entire second half, Batang Pier counterpart Jarrid Famous frolicked down low to come up with 34 points, 26 rebounds, three assists and one block to lead his team in claiming the fourth seeding in the knockout quarterfinals.
In so doing, the Batang Pier denied Star a chance to go for the twice-to-beat spot before the defending champions' game against also-ran Blackwater in the other half of the double-header.
Still, GlobalPort needed to survive a late stand by the Aces in regulation, before leaning on a salvo in extra session to pull off the victory, their third straight and seventh overall in 11 games, while dealing snapping the Aces’ four-game winning streak, although their victims remained on top with an 8-3 record.
“All-Filipino lang Alaska eh, so we took advantage,” Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio said.
The Aces’ backup big men dished out an admirable job in filling in for Travis as Eric Menk and Noy Baclao took turns manning the middle. Baclao typified their willingness to step up when the defensive-minded slotman scored on a strong driving layup that put Alaska on top, 98-96, with a little over a minute left in regulation.
Menk, on the other hand, buried a tough left-handed turnaround hook that gave his team a 100-99 lead in overtime.
The Batang Pier, though, retaliated with 13 unanswered points, capped by five straight points from Terrence Romeo, to take the lead and pull away for good from what was a see-saw battle in the fourth canto.
Stanley Pringle registered 24 points, including 10 in the payoff period, but the rookie sensation missed a mid-range jumper that could’ve already won the game for Globalport in regulation.
Cyrus Baguio led the fight for the Aces, while Travis finished with 13 points in the first half, where the Aces enjoyed a double-digit advantage.
GLOBALPORT 117 – Famous 34, Pringle 24, Krayem 20, Romeo 14, Jensen 11, Kramer 8, Mamaril 2, Isip 2, Miranda 2, Hayes 0, Semerad 0, Buenafe 0
ALASKA 104 – Baguio 20, Travis 13, Banchero 10, Menk 10, Abueva 8, Jazul 8, Manuel 6, Dela Cruz 5, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Baclao 4, Dela Rosa 4, Exciminiano 4, Hontiveros 2, Eman 1
Quarterscores: 16-26, 40-49, 74-67, 98-98, 117-104