GlobalPort escapes Enforcers in overtime

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Terrence Romeo of Globalport Batang pier drives against the defense of Mahindra players during a PBA Philippine Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Saturday. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

Terrence Romeo of Globalport Batang pier drives against the defense of Mahindra players during a PBA Philippine Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Saturday. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

Terrence Romeo’s layup sealed GlobalPort’s 118-116 overtime victory over Mahindra in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

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Romeo, who struggled all throughout the game drove for an easy go-ahead lay-up to shatter a 116-all deadlock powering the Batang Pier to its seventh victory.

Romeo finished with 29 points, scoring eight points in the extension period in addition to 10 rebounds and eight assists. Center Billy Mamaril and forward Anthony Jay Washington scored 12 points each to improve GlobalPort’s win-loss record to 7-3.

“Thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to hit that winning shot,” said the 23-year-old former Far Eastern University player Romeo. “Even Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant also missed most of their shots. What is important is how you able to bounce back.”

Playmaker Stanley Pringle, who scored 29 points plus eight rebounds and seven assists, delivered a buzzer-beating game-tying jump shot at the end of regulation forcing overtime.

Guard Joseph Yeo and Doug Kramer finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Batang Pier.

“Mahindra’s shooting is really great and their character as a team is very solid,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio during the post-game interview. “Special mention to Terrence, Stanley and Joseph. Going to the playoffs, we need to be stronger and tougher.”

“Terrence is 0-14 in the early part of the game but he didn’t give up,” added Jarencio.

With a single point deficit, 22-23, at the end of the first period, Mahindra entered the second frame on a high note outscoring Globalport 27-21. Through the prowess of rookie Bradwyn Guinto and Karl Dehesa, Globalport grabbed a 49-44 lead by halftime.

The Batang Pier stretched the lead to 79-72 by the end of the third period but Mahindra came back strong by the middle of the fourth period almost winning the game.

The Enforcers, however, missed some free throws in the dying seconds giving opportunity to the Batang Pier to regroup in the extension period.

Forward Aldrech Ramos and Karl Dehesa led the Enforcers with 24 and 23 points, respectively.

Mahindra’s win-loss record droppedto 2-8.

Despite struggling in the three-point zone (6-11), the Batang Pier posted more rebounds (57-49), second chance points (18-8), assists (24-21) and steals (7-6) than the Enforcers.

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