Semerad hits game-winner as GlobalPort beats Meralco in double OT

Naveen Ganglani
GlobalPort earns its first win of the conference thanks to the heroics of Anthony Semerad

CLUTCH. Anthony Semerad seals the win for his team with a 3-ball from the corner. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Anthony Semerad sealed the best game of his PBA career with a game-winning 3-pointer in double overtime to lead the GlobalPort Batang Pier past the Meralco Bolts, 126-123, on Sunday, August 14, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It was the first win of the conference for GlobalPort, which moved up to 1-4 in the conference standings. The Bolts, meanwhile, dropped to 3-3.

Semerad finished with a career-high 24 points, coming mostly from 6 3-pointers in 8 attempts. Terrence Romeo was also up to his usual tricks by scoring 24 points and dishing 7 assists, while Batang Pier import Michael Glover recorded 26 points and 16 rebounds. 

Stanley Pringle also played well, putting up 15 points and dishing 8 assists, including the one that led to Semerad’s clincher.

The game seemed over when GlobalPort was up 100-94 with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Cliff Hodge hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left on the clock to make it a one-possession game, and then on the Batang Pier inbound, Terrence Romeo threw a bad pass which led to a Durham steal and basket, plus the foul. 

Durham converted the free throw to tie the contest at 100, followed by a missed Pringle game winner.

GlobalPort looked primed for another win when it was ahead by two, 114-112, thanks to a Pringle basket late in the first overtime period. Meralco, however, was able to tie the contest after Chris Newsome was left open from the top of the key for a long two. Pringle then missed another game-winner, leading to a second extension.

A big 3-pointer by Jay Washington with 1:19 left in the second OT tied the match again at 123. Both teams then went scoreless over the next minute, until Pringle found Semerad open from the corner after a pick for the game-winning basket.

Bolts import Allen Durham led his team with 55 points, becoming just the second Meralco import since Eric Dawson to eclipse the 50-point mark. He also had 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Newsome added 10 points and 8 boards. –