GlobalPort survived a grueling overtime win over Ginebra 84-83 to advance to its first ever franchise semifinals appearance in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Playmaker Stanley Pringle tallied 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting in the field plus eight rebounds while combo guard Terrence Romeo added 23 points including five three-pointers plus five assists and five rebounds to lead GlobalPort.
Forward Anthony Jay Washington contributed 13 points plus five rebounds while Joseph Yeo had 11 points and six rebounds.
GlobalPort’s Billy Mamaril, who scored only four points along with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks, hit a crucial basket that forged a 74-all deadlock with only few seconds left in the regulation and sent the game to overtime.
“We all know Ginebra is a tough team and Coach Tim is a good Coach, but breaks of the game and credit to the boys. They deserve to be in the semifinals,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.
Center Greg Slaughter led Ginebra with 25 points and 18 rebounds while LA Tenorio posted 18 points.
The GlobalPort Batang Pier face the AlaskaAces in a best-of-seven semifinals series on January 4, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text, meanwhile, seek for a semifinal berth when they tangle against each other on Monday in a knockout quarterfinal second stage.
Although they were badly beaten by the Tropang Texters (95-85) during the elimination round, the No. 4 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of coach Yeng Guiao are not thinking of revenge when they play their opponent at 7 p.m.
“It’s [revenge]not in our mind. We just have to focus on how to win that game [against Talk ‘N Text],” Rain or Shine left-handed guard Jeff Chan told The Manila Times in an interview. “I’m hoping my teammates will step up against Talk ‘N Text. They are a tough adversary.”
Chan finished with 17 points plus six boards and four assists in Rain or Shine’s 95-90 win over Blackwater in the first round of quarterfinal phase on Sunday that sent them to the second stage of the knockout phase of quarterfinals.
The Elasto Painters held a twice-to-beat incentive over the Elite after finishing the elimination round at No. 3 spot with an 8-3 win-loss record.
“We’re not going to take Talk ‘N Text for granted. Our goal is to win the championship this conference, so we have to give our best every game,” Guiao said. “We have to play better than the last time we played Blackwater if we want to make the semifinals.”
But the Tropang Texters are not just a simple adversary going to the playoff round. Talk ‘N Text, which held a twice-to-beat edge after placing No. 6, ousted sister-team Northern Luzon Expressway (90-88) last Sunday to set up a quarterfinal clash against Rain or Shine.
“We need to play a lot better, defend a lot better on the 28th against Rain or Shine,” said Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico. “They play hard and they’ve been there of course. We are new here in this stage that’s why we have to play better.”
Second overall pick Jeth Troy Rosario, who scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in a win against the Road Warriors, is expected to spearhead the Texters’ drive to the semifinals together with fellow rookie top overall pick Moala Tautuaa, Kelly Williams, Danny Seigle, Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier, among others.
The winner between Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text will advance to the best-of-seven semifinals against San Miguel Beer.