Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle bail out Globalport as Batang Pier keep Ginebra still winless
Terrence Romeo buried the go-ahead three-pointer for Globalport in its 89-85 win over winless Ginebra. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT broke the hearts of Ginebra fans on Valentine’s Day as the Batang Pier frustrated the Gin Kings, 89-85, to get their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign finally on the winning track Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Terrence Romeo buried the go-ahead three-pointer from top of the key, before Stanley Pringle iced the game with two charities as the dynamic duo spared the Batang Pier the blushes after wasting an early 15-point lead.

The Batang Pier made it two in a row against the Gin Kings, the same team they beat in the second phase of last conference’s quarterfinals.

“Gusto lang talaga nila mag-bounce back pagkatapos nung talo namin,” Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio said, referring to their loss to Mahindra last Friday.

GlobalPort thus improved to an even 1-1 win-loss card, while handing the Gin Kings a second straight setback.

The Batang Pier made it two in a row against the Gin Kings, the same team they beat in the second phase of last conference’s quarterfinals.

But Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio insisted that wasn’t their motivation.

“Gusto lang talaga nila mag-bounce back pagkatapos nung talo namin,” Jarencio said, referring to their loss to Mahindra last Friday.

Romeo, coming off a 41-point, zero-assist night, involved his teammates more to finish with a game-high 21 points and six assists on top of four boards.

Still, the prolific Batang Pier star took matters into his own hands at crunch time, shaking and baking before pulling up from beyond the arc and hitting the dagger over LA Tenorio that left the Big Dome crowd of 10,018 in awe with a little less than a minute left.

Tenorio had a chance to complete the Gin Kings’ comeback from a double-digit deficit in the second quarter, but his wide-open triple from the left corner was short at the endgame.

Globalport import Brian Williams recovered after struggling in his debut, putting up 19 points, 17 boards, five assists, and two blocks in 34 minutes.

Greg Slaughter played for the first time this conference after being sidelined with measles the last outing, finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

 

The scores:

GLOBALPORT (89) -- Romeo 21, Williams 19, Pringle 14, Mamaril 12, Semerad 7, Kramer 6, Jensen 5, Uyloan 3, Taha 2, Maierhofer 0, Sumang 0, Washington 0, Yeo 0.

GINEBRA (85) -- Slaughter 20, Aguilar 16, Mercado 11, Caguioa 10, Jeffers 8, Thompson 8, Cruz 4, Ellis 4, Tenorio 4, Devance 0.

Quarterscores: 33-20; 56-43; 70-65; 89-85. 

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