JARRID Famous put on a game to remember to lift GlobalPort past Kia, 102-94, on Sunday, enhancing the Batang Pier’s bid for a Top Four spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-11 Batang Pier import registered a monstrous effort of 30 points and 37 rebounds, on top of three blocks in 45 minutes as his team shook off the Carnival when it mattered to register a second straight victory and sixth overall in 10 games.
Famous’ impressive rebounding output was the highest in one league game over the last 30 years – and just eight shy of the all-time record done by import Michael Hackett in 1985.
The undrafted NBA prospect likewise almost outrebounded the entire Kia squad, which hauled down just 40 rebounds, a far cry from the Batang Pier’s 68.
Local backcourt tandem Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle provided Famous ample support as the Batang Pier climbed to solo fourth spot, just a half game behind Barako Bull, while leaving the Carnival with an even 4-4 win-loss record.
“It was a total team effort,” said Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio, whose team notched a new franchise record in wins. “Gusto talaga nila na makuha yung twice to beat sa quarterfinals.”
The Batang Pier engaged the Carnival in a defensive, see-saw battle before pulling away midway through the payoff period.
Romeo sparked the breakaway, firing 13 of his 27 points in the quarter, where Famous added eight markers after Pringle heated up early when the rookie sensation socred eight of his 10 points in the second half.
Kia, which drew 29 points, 13 boards, and six blocks from Hamady N’Diaye, came to within 78-77 after Joshua Webb made two free throws, before the Batang Pier went on a 16-2 run that gave them their biggest lead and took the fight out of the Carnival.
GLOBALPORT 102 – Famous 30, Romeo 27, Pringle 10, Buenafe 9, Kramer 9, Krayem 7, Semerad 5, Mamaril 3, Miranda 2, Hayes 0, Isip 0, Jensen 0
KIA 94 – N'Diaye 29, Dehesa 20, Webb 15, Chang 11, Bagtasing 8, Revilla 6, Buensuceso 3, Deutchman 1, Nuyles 1, Thiele 0, Ighalo 0, Alvarez 0, Avenido 0
Quarterscores: 27-29, 50-47, 76-71, 102-94