Globalport Batang Pier posted their first win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup 2016 by beating the Purefoods Star Hotshot, 101-94, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday evening.
The game started in favor of Globalport with guard Stanley Pringle scoring 10 points from two jumpers and two three point shots in the first quarter.
The Hotshots, on the other hand, came back strong, grabbing the lead 48-46 at halftime through Marc Pingris’ nine points.
Star sustained their momentum in the third quarter with Peter June Simon scoring seven points to cut down the deficit to just a single point, 74-73, going into the final canto.
But Globalport managed to turn the table through a trey by Jay Washington at the start of the fourth quarter igniting a 9-0 run in the first two minutes of the period.
Pringle notched 23 points and five assists in the win while Terrence Romeo added 20 markers and three steals.
“It was a total team effort. Ayaw nilang maging 0-2 kaya lahat nagtrabaho,” said Globalport head coach Pido Jarencio.
Jarencio added that he was particularly impressed with the performance of Pringle, who converted nine of his 15 attempts on the field.
“Consistent si Stanley after two games, maganda ang nilaro.”
In the other game, Vic Manuel led Alaska in the second half as the Aces thumped the Blackwater Elite 87-79.
Blackwater took control of the first half of the game, 41-48, with Jerick Canada displaying his shooting prowess from the arc to post nine points after just 24 minutes of play.
However, Alaska managed to bounce back in the third period through Dondon Hontiveros’ triple with just two ticks left on the clock as they overtook the Elite, 69-66.
Both squads took turns in scoring but the Aces eventually outscored Blackwater, 18-13, in the fourth period.
Manuel tallied a total of 13 points in the second half plus seven rebounds to seal the second straight victory of his squad.
Chris Banchero finished with 13 markers while guard JV Casio added 10 points and four assists.
Veteran Tony De La Cruz stepped up for coach Alex Compton finishing with 10 points, nine of which were posted in the first quarter.
“I really felt that Blackwater did a great job. They clearly outplayed us in the first half. They really gave us some problems with what they did out there,” said Compton during the post-game press conference.
Compton said that the crafty game plan of coach Leo Isaac gave his squad problems in the first half but they were able to launch an effective offensive in the last two quarters.
“I felt our decision making offensively was really poor in the first half and we did not get into what we wanted to. I was just glad that we came out in the second half with a little bit more power,” he added.