GlobalPort survived Barako Bull’s never-say-die attitude by posting a 105-91 victory in overtime to clinch its second win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City on Sunday.
Gilas Pilipinas national player Terrence Romeo, who tallied eight of his 21 points in the extra five-minute mark, delivered the needed baskets in the extra five-minute period, while Stanley Pringle added 19 points plus 17 rebounds and five assists to improve the Batang Pier’s win-loss record to 2-1.
“Barako Bulls is a scary team because they are well-coached. We delivered an extra effort in overtime,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino during the post game interview. “Last 26 seconds, we really wanted to score more baskets because of quotient system.”
Power forward Doug Kramer tallied 14 points, while guard Joseph Yeo sizzled with 13 points and veteran Anthony Jay Washington contributed 11 points also for GlobalPort. Rico Maierhofer also added nine points for the Batang Pier.
“It’s a total team effort,” added Jaren¬cio. “My players played well in this game.”
Swingman JC Intal, who brought the game to overtime by hitting a game-tying buzzer-beating jumper in the regulation 85-all, finished with 17 points while forward Willie Wilson added 17 points to lead the Barako Bull Energy.
The Energy’s win-loss record dropped to 1-2.
GlobalPort took a commanding lead in the first half, but Barako Bull’s extra effort in the second half to make the game looked interesting in the fourth period.
Meanwhile, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings scored their first win this season after nipping the Alaska Aces 93-92 in Dubai Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila). The Gin Kings are now holding a 1-2 win-loss record.
Center Greg Slaughter finished with a game-high 27 points and 19 rebounds plus four assists, while Japeth Aguilar added 23 points and 12 rebounds. LA Tenorio and Mark Caguioa had 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Aces slid to 3-1 win-loss record.
JOSEF T. RAMOS