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    NorthPort's late fightback prevents Terrafirma from ending long slump

    Nov 12, 2022
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    NORTHPORT saved itself from a humiliating defeat, storming back from a 15-point deficit to deny Terrafirma, 91-85, on Saturday in the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

    Arvin Tolentino scored a career-high 31 points as the Batang Pier got back to .500 at 5-5 (win-loss) and avoided an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Dyip, who have gone 0-9 this conference and without a win in 25 straight games.

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      Terrafirma looked on the verge of breaking that slump when it opened a 44-29 lead, only to let it slip away again.

      Tolentino actually had a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds in the game. He also had 11 markers in the fourth to lead the comeback of the Batang Pier, who scored seven straight points after trailing, 81-78.

      Robert Bolick added 12 points and 10 assists to atone for his 4-of-21 shooting from the field, while William Navarro had 12 points and seven rebounds for NorthPort, which also got 17 rebounds and six blocks from its import Prince Ibeh.

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      Lester Prosper had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Juami Tiongson added 18 points.

      Alex Cabagnot scored a conference-high 16 points in a losing cause for the Dyip, whose last win was exactly nine months ago in a 109-103 victory over Blackwater last February 12.

      The scores:

      NorthPort 91 – Tolentino 31, Bolick 12, Navarro 12, Ibeh 9, Sumang 7, Balanza 6, Ferrer 5, Ayaay 4, Salado 3, Chan 2, Taha 0.

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      Terrafirma 85 – Prosper 23, Tiongson 18, Cabagnot 16, Ramos 8, Alolino 8, Munzon 5, Calvo 3, Javelona 2, Cahilig 2, Camson 0, Gabayni 0, Gomez de Liano 0.

      Quarters: 20-28; 45-55; 64-71; 91-85.

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