GLOBALPORT turned to Stanley Pringle at crunch time as it sustained its hot run while dealing Rain or Shine its first loss in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup with a 113-111 decision on Friday night at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
The Batang Pier saw their 13-point fourth-quarter lead disintegrate in the face of a late comeback by the Elasto Painters, before Pringle came to the rescue by scoring the game-winning layup off three defenders – Jireh Ibañes, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan – with five-tenths of a second left.
That allowed his emerging team to stretch its winning streak to three games after starting the season with a loss, while putting an end to the Painters’ own three-game salvo to forge a four-way tie at the top with Alaska and San Miguel Beer.
“It’s a morale-booster for the team,” Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio said. “Alam naman natin malakas talaga ang Rain or Shine, well-coached.”
Pringle remained consistent, finishing with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting, eight boards, six assists, and one steal in 38 minutes as the Filipino-American playmaker combined, as usual, with Terrence Romeo, who tallied 25 points five rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes.
Romeo also played through a cut on his left eyebrow he sustained early in the fourth quarter as well as foul trouble as he picked up his fifth foul with still over seven minutes left.
Keith Jensen provided a late offensive spark, firing eight of his 21 markers in the final frame, including three on a three-pointer that gave the Batang Pier a 102-89 lead with 6:39 remaining.
The Painters rallied behind Jeff Chan, Jericho Cruz, and Belga as they knotted the count at 111 that, however, set the stage for Pringle’s heroics.
Globalport 113 - Pringle 27, Romeo 25, Jensen 21, Yeo 11, Washington 10, Kramer 6, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 3, Paniamogan 3, Uyloan 3, Pena 0, Sumang 0.
Rain or Shine 111 - Belga 23, Chan 17, Cruz 15, Almazan 12, Ponferada 11, Quinahan 8, Norwood 7, Teng 7, Trollano 4, Ibanes 3, Ahanmisi 2, Matias 2, Nimes 0, Tiu 0.
Quarterscores: 30-29; 62-57; 87-83; 113-111.