Batang Pier eye solo lead

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STREAKING Globalport stakes its share of top spot when it battles equally dangerous San Miguel Beermen while Star Hotshots and Meralco Bolts seek for second win on Sunday in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup elimination round at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

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A win by Batang Pier over the Beermen in their 3 p.m. battle will actually enable them to regain solo leadership with a 4-0 slate. The Star Hotshots with a 1-1 record collide against Meralco Bolts at 5:15 p.m.

The three-straight victory by Globalport likewise proved that coach Pido Jarencio really deserved a second chance. Jarencio said the fate was their best start so far since joining the league in 2012.

“A 3-0 start, this is already our best start. This is for all the fans of Globalport and UST community,” said Jarencio, who was just being reinstated as head coach of Globalport this conference.

Jarencio said Globalport is in high spirit following their 91-89 triumph over Star Hotshots last Tuesday. He said the victory was their first time over Purefoods after nine meetings, which at least for a short period catapulted them to solo leadership.

He will again lean on rookie Stanley Pringle, Terrence Romeo, Asian import Omar Krayem, Ronjay Buenafe and interim import Steve Thomas, who combined for 72 points against Star Hotshots.

The 6-foot-8 Thomas will just be playing for Batang Pier at least for a week while awaiting the arrival of new reinforcement Jarrid Famous.

On hand to give them a close battle are Beermen import Arizona Reid and June Mar Fajardo, who also combined for 58 points and 29 rebounds in their 104-91 victory also on Tuesday over Rain or Shine, which was their first in three outings.

Meralco, on the other hand will suit up in the game carrying a 1-2 record while Star Hotshots are bearing a 1-1 card.

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