GlobalPort back to cruising, hands NLEX 4th loss
MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort vented its ire on NLEX and whipped the Road Warriors by 22 points, 116-94, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, May 16.
The Batang Pier – who rebounded from a sorry loss that snapped a two-game winning run – proved too hot to handle for the Road Warriors as 6 of their players finished in double figures.
Sean Anthony paced the Batang Pier's scoring outburst by pouring in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Import Malcolm White had his way inside with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks against NLEX, which fell back to the losing column after winning its first game last May 11 for a dismal 1-4 card.
Stanley Pringle had an all-around game of 19 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals for GlobalPort in a game that saw the Batang Pier shot a scintillating 54% from the field.
"Our percentage was high, field goal percentage namin. At the same time, we defended well. Hats off to the players ano, lahat nagtulung-tulong. Total team effort. Sana maging consistent kaming ganoon," said GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio.
(Our field goal percentage was high. At the same time, we defended well. Hats off to the players, they worked together. It was a total team effort. I hope that we become consistent.)
NLEX trailed by just 3 points in the 3rd period, 54-57, before the Batang Pier broke free with an 86-72 lead heading into the last frame.
Nico Elorde made his presence felt with 16 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and two steals and Mo Tautuaa added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the victory that hiked Batang Pier's record to 3-2.
Kiefer Ravena paced the Road Warriors with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals.
Ravena was the lone NLEX player who scored at least 20 points as import Arnett Moultrie, who had 37 points in the previous game, was limited to 19 points on top of 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
GlobalPort (116): Anthony 21, White 20, Pringle 19, Elorde 16, Tautuaa 13, Sargent 10, Araña 6, Grey 6, Javelona 3, Guinto 2, Teng 0
NLEX (94): Ravena 24, Moultrie 19, Fonacier 11, Ighalo 8, Mallari 6, Quiñahan 6, Buenafe 5, Miranda 5, Monfort 3, Soyud 3, Gotladera 2, Tiongson 2, Baguio 0
Quarter scores: 26-20, 55-43, 86-72, 116-94