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    Hot-shooting NorthPort grabs first win as Terrafirma frustrations deepen

    Oct 24, 2020
    Kelly Nabong found his range down the stretch for the Batang Pier.
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    ANGELES CITY - NorthPort finally broke through the win column of the PBA bubble, turning back Terrafirma, 107-96, on Saturday at the Angeles University Foundation gym.

    The Batang Pier got a game-high 23 points from Christian Standhardinger and 18 from Kelly Nabong to make up for the absence of injured big man Sean Anthony.

    The team climbed to 1-4 in the standings while dealing a Dyip side without coach Johnedel Cardel a fourth straight loss.

    Cardel is out with a stomach flu as lead deputy Art Dela Cruz called the shots for Terrafirma.

    "This will be a turning point for the team," NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said afterwards.

    Christian Standhardinger bounces back from his struggles and gets enough support from Kelly Nabong and co.

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    Standhardinger added 12 rebounds and five assists, Nabong had eight boards and was 4-fo-6 from three-point range, while Garvo Lanete with 14 markers for the Batang Pier.

    NorthPort also got significant contributions from rookie Renzo Subido, who scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including 3-of-7 from downtown.

    The game was actually close entering the final five minute mark with the Batang Pier holding on to a slim 89-86 lead when Subido came in for Nico Elorde.

    Right away, the former University of Santo Tomas stalwart instigated a 12-4 run to hike their lead to 101-90, with 2:11 to go.

    Subido had all of his points during that stretch, capped by back-to-back three-pointers, while Nabong also joined the frey by hitting the last of his four treys for the game.

    "Yung mga bata gusto na talagang manalo. Ayaw na nilang mag 0-5," added Jarencio. "Maraming nag step up like Kelly (Nabong), Renz Subido, Maganda yun. This is breakout game for us."

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    Terrafirma got 25 points, six rebounds, and five assists from CJ Perez while rookie Roosevelt Adams showed a glimpse of his potential with 19 points - on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range- and eight rebounds in yet another losing cause for the Dyip,

    The scores

    NorthPort (107) -- Standhardinger 23, Nabong 18, Lanete 14, Taha 12, Subido 12, Ferrer 8, Manganti 7, Cruz 5, Elorde 2, Guinto 6, Revilla 0.

    Terrafirma (96) -- Perez 25, Adams 19, Tiongson 14, McCarthy 9, Ramos 9, Cahilig 8, Gabayni 6, Calvo 4, Cahilig 2, Balagasay 2, Khobuntin 0, Faundo 0.

    Quarterscores: 27-20; 51-48; 74-71;107-96.

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    Kelly Nabong found his range down the stretch for the Batang Pier.
    PHOTO: PBA Images
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