It was a back-and-forth exchange the whole game with eight lead changes and seven ties in, but the Global Port Batang Pier still pulled off a 91-89 victory over the Purefoods Star Hotshots in the PBA Governor’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.
Joe Devance made a careless turnover with 40 seconds left in the quarter. Coach Pido Jarencio set up a play that led to a basket by Stanley Pringle putting the Batang Pier up by four with 12 seconds left in the game. Marqus Blakely got away with a follow-up basket for Purefoods, but Global Port was able to burn out the clock with their two-point advantage.
Top scorer Omar Krayem finished with 20 points plus three assists for Global Port. Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle chipped in 17 and 15 points respectively, while replacement import Steve Thomas contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds. Blakely played solid in the loss leading his Purefoods squad with 19 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and three steals.
Global Port now holds the solo top spot in the league at 3-0, while the Star Hotshots’ record dropped to 1-1. Batang Pier would be facing the struggling San Miguel Beermen on Sunday, and Purefoods would be facing the Meralco Bolts in the next game.