ANTIPOLO – GlobalPort found timely firepower from its veterans with its top offensive threat misfiring as it stunned TNT KaTropa, 119-112, to strengthen its playoff bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Ynares Center.
Sean Anthony and Mike Cortez came through with the biggest baskets down the stretch at a time when Terrence Romeo was riding the bench, providing support for usual heavy lifters Stanley Pringle and Murphy Holloway.
As a result, the Batang Pier jacked their win-loss record back up to .500 at 3-3 as they dealt the Texters their third loss in seven games, pouncing on a weary opponent that’s coming off a win against Blackwater last Wednesday.
“It’s a morale-boosting win for us,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said. “It worked to our advantage that Talk N Text played just last Wednesday. I think they’re physically and mentally tired. And we really prepared well for this game defensively and offensively.”
Fatigue didn’t show early on as the Texters built a 33-23 lead early in second quarter, but that’s when the Batang Pier tightened their defensive screws as they wound up outscoring the Texters in the quarter, 39-23, to take the lead at the half.
GlobalPort maintain the cushion from there and went up by as many as 15, 109-94, following a Murphy Holloway breakaway slam with a little less than five minutes remaining, allowing the Texters to make a run and pull within five points, 114-109, before holding on.
Pringle paced the Batang Pier with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, along with eight boards, four assists, and two steals in 40 minutes, while Holloway added 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks in 44 minutes.
But it was Anthony and Cortez who stepped up in a game where Romeo was held to just 13 points after making just five of his 14 shots in less than 23 minutes off the bench.
Anthony scored 10 of 21 points in the payoff period where the 36-year-old Cortez chipped in seven of his 11 markers.
Glen Rice Jr. sustained his offensive brilliance for the Texters as he came a point shy of reaching the 40-point mark, completing his night with 13 rebounds, five assists, and four steals that negated his 11 turnovers in 42 minutes.
GLOBALPORT 119 – Pringle 30, Holloway 24, Anthony 21, Romeo 13, Cortez 11, Guinto 9, Baracael 7, Mamaril 4, Hubalde 0, Arana 0, Celiz 0
TNT 112 – Rice 39, Pogoy 26, Castro 15, De Ocampo 12, Williams 7, Rosario 5, Reyes 4, Semerad 3, Tautuaa 1, Lingganay 0
Quarterscores: 18-25, 57-48, 86-76,119-112