PBA Commissioner’s Cup

NorthPort back on track, sends Blackwater crashing back to earth

Delfin Dioquino
NorthPort back on track, sends Blackwater crashing back to earth

WIN AGAIN. Prince Ibeh and NorthPort earn their third win in five games.

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NorthPort storms back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to rediscover its winning ways after a humiliating 24-point loss to TNT

MANILA, Philippines – Prince Ibeh shone on both ends and anchored NorthPort to a come-from-behind 87-83 win over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, October 12.

Ibeh finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals as the Batang Pier stormed back from 8 points down in the final quarter to rediscover their winning ways after a humiliating 24-point loss to TNT.

While Ibeh took care of business on defense, Arvin Tolentino and Arwind Santos led the NorthPort attack late and connived for an 18-7 run that turned a 66-74 deficit to an 84-81 lead with a minute left.

Tolentino scattered 10 of his 15 points during that stretch, including the floater that gave the Batang Pier an 82-79 advantage.

After Troy Rosario narrowed the gap to a whisker for the Bossing, Santos knocked down a contested jumper to cushion their three-point edge before Ibeh practically sealed the win for his side by splitting his free throws.

Santos chalked up a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals off the bench, while Tolentino added 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.

Robert Bolick flirted with a triple-double in the win after posting 12 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds as NorthPort hiked its record to 3-2.

Jerrick Balanza chimed in 13 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds for the Batang Pier.

As the Batang Pier bounced back, the Bossing were sent crashing back to earth following their stunning upset of San Miguel despite a solid offensive performance from import Cameron Krutwig.

Krutwig fired a career-high 28 points on top of 17 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss that dropped Blackwater to 2-3.

Rosario had 17 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort, while Baser Amer contributed 16 points.

The Scores

NorthPort 87 – Ibeh 19, Tolentino 15, Santos 14, Balanza 13, Bolick 12, Ferrer 7, Taha 3, Caperal 2, Chan 2, Salado 0, Sumang 0.

Blackwater 83 – Krutwig 28, Rosario 17, Amer 16, Ular 8, Ayonayon 7, Suerte 4, Taha 2, Banal 1, Ebona 0, McCarthy 0, Jackson 0.

Quarters: 16-22, 37-42, 64-68, 87-83.

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.