Anthony Semerad scored a crucial go-ahead trey to power GlobalPort to 126-123 double overtime victory over Meralco in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Semerad hit the go-ahead triple with 15 ticks left in the second overtime to send the Batang Pier to first victory after five games. He finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the field plus six three-pointers.
“First win since last conference,” said GlobalPort coach John Cardel during the post game interview. “A lot of adjustments, it is a new system, and it only worked just now. We have a bad start but I’m really happy the players have responded well to the challenge.”
Import Michael Glover posted 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the field along with 16 rebounds and five assists, while Terrence Romeo had 24 points plus seven assists, and Stanley Pringle added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds also for GlobalPort.
Joseph Yeo chipped in 11 points also for the Batang Pier.
Semerad provided GlobalPort an early 11-4 lead scoring eight points in the early going before Meralco established a 24-21 lead after the first period. Semerad and Romeo sustained their scoring prowess in the second frame to help the Batang Pier snatch a 52-41 halftime edge.
Semerad and Romeo already had 11 points each in first half, while Yeo and Dehesa already got nine and eight points, respectively. The Batang Pier, who were winless in the first four games, led the three-point shooting (7-3) also in the first half over the Bolts.
GlobalPort transformed Meralco’s first half 10 turnovers to nine points. The Batang Pier committed only six errors in the first half. Import Allen Durham was the only player for Meralco who scored in double figures with 12 points and six rebounds at halftime.
The Batang Pier’s offense went steady in the third quarter keeping their double-digit lead, 82-71, at the start of fourth period. But the Bolts refused to surrender easily as they unleashed a scorching rally to knot the count to 90-all in the payoff frame.
Glover, Washington and Pringle joined forces down the stretch combining for a 6-2 attack to establish GlobalPort’s 96-92 lead entering the last two-minute mark. Despite holding a 100-94 lead in the regulation, Cliff Hodge and Durham scored the needed baskets to force the overtime.
Hodge hit a triple and Durham stole the ball through an inbound play and made a three-point play off a GlobalPort foul. Pringle’s game-winning drive to the basket was swatted by Hodge as the final buzzer sounded forcing the overtime.
GlobalPort improved to 1-4 while Meralco dropped to 3-3.
Import Allen Durham scored a career-high 55 points on 19-of-30 shooting in the field plus 14 rebounds and six assists to lead the Bolts.