ANTIPOLO CITY – The monkey was finally off Rashad Woods’ back.
The NorthPort import booked his first ever win in the PBA Governors Cup after the Batang Pier rallied for a 118-101 victory over Columbian Dyip in a battle between winless teams Saturday at the Ynares Center here.
Woods heaved a sigh of relieved as the team was able to barge into the win column of the season-ending meet after losing six of its first games, including three which were close calls against Blackwater, TnT Katropa, and Barangay Ginebra.
“I’m happy we won the game. I’m really excited for our team, everybody is really excited for this team,” said Woods, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds but shot just 5-of-14 from the field.
“It feels good. Even though I played bad, I don’t care.”
The trio of Stanley Pringle, Mo Tautuaa, and Sean Anthony were there to bail out Woods and the entire Batang Pier against a hard-fighting Columbian side.
Pringle and Tautuaa finished with 26 points each, while Anthony added 25 as the three presided over a fourth quarter NorthPort rampage that saw the team outscored the Dyip, 32-12.
Tautuaa and Anthony had nine points each during that stretch, enabling the Batang Pier to complete the come-from-behind win after trailing by as many as 76-64 in the third period.
Woods was grateful for the work put in by the three, but in particular was thankful for Pringle, who he describes as a ‘great guy on-and-off the court.’
“Stanley was a big help. He makes me feel comfortable. Even if I’m not scoring, Stanley will always say, ‘hey, just keep playing, keep playing,’” said the NorthPort import. “It’s an honor to play with him.”
The 31-year-old Woods admitted the six straight losses by the Batang Pier was the first ever in his entire career.
“Mentally it’s tough, it’s draining,” he said.
Just one win however, could change everything around.
“Just a little relief. We’re still 1-6 so we just get to keep working, listen to the coach, and build it from there,” said Woods of the Batang Pier, who remains mathematically in the running for a quarterfinals berth.
NorthPort still has four games left and the win over Dyip is definitely something they can build on.
“Right now we just have to play with confidence. Just play with confidence and just let the results show,” said the import out of Houston, Texas.