GLOBALPORT turned to its dynamic duo to outduel Blackwater, 120-105, and get back on the winning track in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle returned to form as the Batang Pier’s guns blazed from the get go until the end to notch the second best scoring output by a team this conference and the most in franchise history in the all-Filipino conference.
The Batang Pier also snapped a two-game skid to move back to .500 with a 4-3 win-loss card, while handing the Elite their sixth loss in seven games.
The result spoiled the outstanding performance of Carlo Lastimosa, who engaged the Batang Pier’s dynamic duo into a virtual one-on-two duel and came up with the better individual performance.
The former College of St. Benilde star broke his career-high in the first half alone and ended up with 31 points in 32 minutes.
Romeo, for his part, registered 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting in just 26 minutes, while Pringle finished with 17 markers, six boards, and six assists, although the two Globalport stars had the last laugh.
“It was a total team effort,” Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio said. “Wala na ako masasabi, yung mga bata lahat yun.”
Doug Kramer provided backcourt the most support down low, tallying 16 points and 15 boards, with his last point coming from the charity stripe that gave the Batang Pier their biggest lead at 17.
JP Erram sustained his solid play on both ends for Blackwater, tallying nine points, 14 boards, seven blocks, and two steals in a losing cause.
GLOBALPORT 120 – Romeo 26, Pringle 17, Kramer 15, Yeo 14, Maierhofer 13, Washington 8, Jensen 6, Mamaril 6, Semerad 5, Sumang 5, Paniamogan 3, Taha 2, Pena 0, Uyloan 0
BLACKWATER 105 – Lastimosa 31, Reyes 16, Cervantes 11, Canada 10, Erram 9, Gamalinda 9, Dela Cruz 7, Cortez 6, Sena 4, Melano 2, Agovida 0, Ballesteros 0, Golla 0, Vosotros 0
Quarterscores: 36-27, 64-59, 94-85, 120-105