The Globalport Batang Pier survived the late rally of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 113-111, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Friday. The victory allowed Globalport to grab a share of the top spot.
Batang Pier managed to hold on to a slim 30-29 advantage until the end of the opening canto through Terrence Romeo’s two converted free throw attempts.
Coach Pido Jarencio’s men maintained their relentless offense before the break, with the backcourt duo of Romeo and Stanley Pringle leading the charge, resulting in a 62-57 lead at halftime.
The Elastopainters came alive at the start of the third period, through an 11-4 run, which allowed them to grab the lead, 66-68.
In the final canto, Rain or Shine dominate the floor as Beau Belga sank two shots from the charity stripe to tie the game at 111-all with just 14 ticks left.
But Pringle blasted through the tough defense of the Elasto Painters sneaking in a layup over three towering defenders to seal the win for his team.
Pringle finished the thrilling game with 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists as they handed league leaders Rain or Shine their first loss in four games.
In the first match, the trio of Nino Canaleta, Kyle Pascual and Aldrech Ramos powered the Mahindra Enforcers past the NLEX Road Warriors, 103-93.
Canaleta, Pascual and Ramos all notched 14 markers each as they clinch their first win in the season improving their record to 1-3. NLEX’s record, after absorbing its second defeat, dropped to 2-2.
The impressive display of skill of the Enforcers resulted in an eight-point lead at the half, 51-43. Twenty-three of their total points after two quarters of play came from the bench.
Mahindra sustained its strong offense going into the third canto as they started to pull away from their foes, 74-60, with just a quarter left to play.
NLEX relied on center Asi Taulava in their attempt to turn the game around in the dying minutes of the game but were foiled by the hot offense of their foes until the end of regulation.
Ramos in their fourth outing in the conference had a 6-out-of-9 shooting performance in addition to six rebounds. Canaleta added five boards for their team.
Taulava posted a total of 31 points and nine rebounds while Anthony notched a double-double performance of 19 markers and 13 rebounds for the Road Warriors.
“I think we played with a sense of urgency,” head coach Chito Victolero remarked during the post-game press conference.
Victolero added that the victory took off a lot of weight from their shoulders after their three consecutive losses in the Philippine Cup.