GLOBALPORT turned to its defense in the absence of its top offensive weapon, holding off Rain or Shine, 78-70, to barge into the win column of the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Stanley Pringle sustained his offensive brilliance without backcourt partner Terrence Romeo, but it was the Batang Pier’s team effort on defense that proved to be the difference as they hacked out the win in a grind-out, low-scoring battle.
The Batang Pier registered their first victory after starting the season with two losses to tie their victims in the standings.
“Players talaga wanted it today. It’s a team effort,” GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “Siguro lesson learned 'nung last two games namin… We finished strong.”
“We hit our target: yung eighty points or below,” he added. “We played good defense.”
Indeed, the Batang Pier came through on the defensive end of the floor, forcing the E-Painters to a paltry 29.1-percent shooting after making just 25 of their 86 shots on the way to the being held to the league’s lowest output this season so far.
Pringle carried most of the offensive load, scattering 29 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and missing a double-double by just one rebound, adding one assist, and one steal in 37 minutes of play.
Kelly Nabong added 12 points and 13 rebounds as he anchored the middle along with Bradwyn Guinto, who chipped in 10 points and nine caroms.
Sean Anthony also had a double-double, but doing so as a playmaker as he finished with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, along with four steals, numbers that made up for his three points, which came after missing all but one of his 11 shots.
The E-Painters came to within five points, 65-70, after a Gabe Norwood triple with over three minutes to go in the game, but Pringle retaliated with a bucket before Guinto scored on a transition layup that appeared to seal the deal for the Batang Pier.
GLOBALPORT 78 – Pringle 29, Nabong 12, Guinto 10, Grey 8, Sargent 8, Gabayni 4, Anthony 3, Flores 2, Elorde 2, Arana 0, Juico 0, Taha 0
ROS 70 – Norwood 15, Borboran 13, Ahanmisi 10, Belga 8, Nambatac 6, Yap 5, Ponferada 3, Daquioag 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Maiquez 2
Quarterscores: 19-18, 41-35, 58-56, 78-70