3 points from GlobalPort’s Game 1 win over Alaska
MANILA, Philippines - The GlobalPort Batang Pier opened their first ever semifinals berth with a huge 107-93 victory over the favored Alaska Aces in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup.
The basic strength of the former is their offense while the latter is known for their defense. And last night, GlobalPort utilized its advantage to the hilt while showing that they, too, can play defense.
Here are 3 points to glean from last night’s win.
The Batang Pier bring up the ball quickly
There’s a reason why the Batang Pier is the third top-scoring team of the conference. Let’s leave Terrence Romeo out of the equation for the moment. They were the third best rebounding team behind Ginebra and Rain or Shine. Control of the boards means opportunities to run or to have more time to run their offensive sets.
GlobalPort finished with 50 boards to Alaska’s 47. Not much but every bit helps. That also translated into an edge in fastbreak points 29-23.
I thought that Alaska’s defense on Stanley Pringle and Romeo bringing up the ball was abysmal. It took them 3 to 5 seconds to bring up the ball leaving them plenty of time to get off a shot. They didn’t take too many shots under duress.
It helps GlobalPort to have such talented ball handlers and we also saw an example of that late in the game during one of the rare occasions Alaska hounded them from the backcourt. Cyrus Baguio nearly got a steal off Pringle who still made it across to pass to Romeo. He too nearly lost the ball but had enough control to find Anthony Semerad for a huge shot.
What can Alaska do: Hound the ball carriers to make them take shots deep into the shot clock count.
The Batang Pier dictated the pace and played with a lot more energy than Alaska
Jarencio’s boys were sure pumped up for their first ever semis appearance and they didn’t allow Alaska to bully them into submission.
Jawing at foes and playing physical doesn’t mean that you own the game. As I recall, Vic Manuel — no matter how well he is playing — got a technical for it and was even sat down after another altercation. That didn’t even disrupt the rhythm of GlobalPort who still continued to execute.
Of the 11 players Jarencio sent in, it was only Dorian Peña who didn’t score. However, he did grab a rebound and stood up to Manuel who was trying to get into Semerad’s face.
On the other hand, 3 of the 13 players sent into the match by Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn’t score.
GlobalPort led throughout the game. Alaska came roaring back in the third period but never got closer than 6 points, after which Pido Jarencio’s troops repulsed them. That’s the beauty of spotting a huge lead.
Alaska’s old sickness of allowing foes to run up a huge lead is playing with fire. They can’t rally all the time for a win. And true enough last night, they didn’t.
What can Alaska do: They might want to juggle that starting unit a bit. Maybe give RJ Jazul and Chris Banchero a chance to start in the backcourt. Put Calvin Abueva in early as well. Yes, I know it might have worked in the elims but this isn’t the elims.
Too much Terrence Romeo!
Forty-one points for a career high! Shot 57% from the field. That somewhat bucked his 8 turnovers. He passed when he needed to. Deferred when he needed to. Took shots when they needed some big points.
What can Alaska do: Hound him, play Ping Exciminiano on him a little more (he knows him since they were teammates in FEU), and throw double teams at him. Make the others like Keith Jensen beat you.
This won’t be a short series but a long one. It would be interesting to see how Alaska adjusts and what Jarencio will do for his team to go up, 2-0. – Rappler.com