GLOBALPORT sustained its offensive flow in the absence of its best player, pouncing on a weary Blackwater with a 101-76 hammering for back-to-back wins in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Batang Pier continued to find ways to score without the injured Terrence Romeo, taking advantage of an Elite side that was playing its third game in seven days as they broke away in the second quarter to coast to the lopsided victory.
Sean Anthony typified his team’s hot start as he heated up from long range early while Stanely Pringle continued to carry the offensive load as the Batang Pier moved to an even 2-2 win-loss card.
GlobalPort also handed the Elite their second straight loss and third overall in five games.
“Naglaro sila ng back-to-back-to-back, so we just kept on running,” GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “We pressured them.”
“We hit our target, just played good defense all the way, and yan ang result,” he added as the Batang Pier recorded their second largest winning margin in franchise history or since 108-78 rout of NLEX last June 2015 in the Governors’ Cup that year, also under Jarencio.
That was the result of the Batang Pier limiting the Elite to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field after they made just 29 of their 87 shots.
GlobalPort also clicked on offense as Anthony knocked down a whopping four three-pointers in the first quarter, alone, then added two more in the second quarter as he scored all but one of his team-high 22 points in the first half, on top of seven boards, five assists, and two steals in almost 33 minutes.
Pringle chipped in 17 points, 11 boards, five assists, and one steal against five turnovers in 32 minutes, while Kelly Nabong contributed 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes.
Mac Belo and Mike DiGregorio were the only Elite players who scored in twin digits with 17 and 15 points, respectively, while Poy Erram added eight points, seven rebounds, and seven blocks that went to waste.
GLOBALPORT 101 – Anthony 22, Pringle 17, Nabong 16, Grey 8, Taha 7, Gabayni 6, Juico 6, Araña 4, Elorde 4, Flores 4, Guinto 4, Sargent 3.
BLACKWATER 76 – Belo 17, DiGregorio 15, Sena 9, Erram 8, Jose 8, Pinto 8, Palma 6, Javier 3, Cruz 2, Banal 0, Cortez 0, Marcelo 0, Neypes 0, Sumang 0
Quarterscores: 28-23, 61-37, 79-54, 101-76