GLOBALPORT relied on a balanced attack to bring down NLEX, 116-94, on Wednesday to pick up its third win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Sean Anthony finished with 21 points,while Malcolm White had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Batang Pier, who improved to 3-2 in their first conference since trading top star Terrence Romeo.
The Road Warriors continued to struggle with highly rated import Arnett Moultrie, dropping to 1-4 despite the 24-point effort of rookie Kiefer Ravena.
“We just played good basketball,” said Globalport coach Pido Jarencio. “Our percentages are high and at the same time, we defended well. Hats off to the players. Lahat nagtulong-tulong. Total team effort.”
Anthony and White had 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the first half when the Batang Pier broke open a close game to take a 55-43 lead at the intermission.
The Road Warriors were able to cut the deficit to three points in the third, but Anthony hit a triple to pour cold water on the brief NLEX run.
Stanley Pringle scored 19 points, including a three-point play with 5:06 left in the third which put Globalport ahead, 74-61, and the Batang Pier were never threatened after that.
Arnett Moultrie had 19 points and 10 rebounds for NLEX, which trailed by as many as 22 points.
Globalport 116 - Anthony 21, White 20, Pringle 19, Elorde 16, Tautuaa 13, Sargent 10, Arana 6, Grey 6, Javelona 3, Guinto 2, Teng 0.
NLEX 94 - Ravena 29, Moultrie 19, Fonacier 11, Ighalo 8, Mallari 6, Quinahan 6, Buenafe 5, Miranda 5, Monfort 3, Soyud 3, Tiongson 2, Gotladera 2, Baguio 0.
Quarters: 26-20; 55-43; 86-72; 116-94.