BINAN, Laguna - Globalport played with a sense of urgency in its 107-101 win over Rain or Shine to keep its hopes alive for a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday night.
With survival foremost in their minds, the Batang Pier played with that kind of mindset to overcome James Yap's scorching three-point shooting for the Elasto Painters.
"Overall, our intensity was there. I think we played with a sense of urgency like we wanna make the playoffs," said import Justin Harper inside the team dugout at the Alonte Sports Complex.
"I think that's how we were able to get things done."
Harper tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds despite playing the fourth quarter in foul trouble.
But Globalport's bench held the when he sat out the early part of the final period, with Rico Maierhofer and Bradwyn Guinto alternating in manning the paint.
The effort certainly wasn't lost on Harper, who played in only his second game for the team after replacing Malcolm White.
"The bench came in and everybody did their part. And they were able to get this big win for us," he said.
The Batang Pier have now tied Phoenix at 4-6 for a share of eighth to ninth place, while moving just half a game behind seventh running Alaska (4-5).
They play powerhouse San Miguel Beermen in ther final elimination round assignment.