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MANILA, Philippines – The 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs opened with the Terrence Romeo show as the third-year superstar exploded for 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the GlobalPort Batang Pier past the Barako Bull Energy Cola, 94-85, on Friday, December 25, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Globalport also received great production from reigning Rookie of the Year Stanley Pringle and the team’s supporting cast as they now advance to the next phase of the quarterfinals where they will face either Star or Ginebra.
Barako Bull, which finishes the conference with a 5-7 overall record, is now eliminated. They had 4 guys score in double-figures, led by Willy Wilson’s 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Josh Urbiztondo and Emman Monfort had 12 points each in the loss, while JC Intal and Mick Pennisi came up with 11 and 9 points, respectively.
Missing RR Garcia (shoulder) again, Barako Bull shot just 30% from the field and turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 19 GlobalPort points. The Batang Pier also dominated the paint, scoring 38 to the Energy’s 22.
Pringle, who together with Romeo made up more than half of their team’s outcome, finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. Billy Mamaril and Keith Jensen combined for 15 points and 8 boards.
“The players stepped up, especially Terrence. They really wanted to get in the semis. We’ll just wait for the result of Ginebra vs. Star. I think we’re ready,” GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio said in Tagalog post-game.
The game was still in the balance after an Intal jumper cut the GlobalPort lead to 77-73 with 5:36 to go. In response, Pringle hit a 3-pointer, and after Wilson scored on a jumper, Romeo hit a triple of his own, making the count 83-75 with 4:37 remaining.
After Wilson missed on a jumper, Romeo grabbed the rebound and on the other end, sunk a 3-ball to give his team an 86-75 edge with 4:04 left.
Romeo nailed another triple later with 2:08 to go, extending his team’s lead to 90-78, and sealing the win.
The national team player’s 33-point outburst marked the third time this conference he’s scored at least 30, which is most among active players. Romeo’s 33 also equals the fourth highest output in a PBA Christmas Day game, per PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
GlobalPort (94): Romeo 33, Pringle 15, Washington 9, Mamaril 8, Jensen 7, Sumang 6, Yeo 6, Kramer 4, Maierhofer 4, Semerad 2, Hayes 0, Isip 0, Uyloan 0.
Barako Bull (85): Wilson 15, Monfort 12, Urbiztondo 12, Intal 11, Pennisi 9, Baracael 8, Brondial 8, Fortuna 4, Lanete 4, Sorongon 2, Caperal 0
Quarter scores: 21-25, 41-48, 69-64, 94-85 – Rappler.com