Combo guard Ryan Roose Garcia stood tall in the extra period to send the Purefoods Star Hotshots to a 105-102 overtime win over GlobalPort on Sunday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Garcia, who was acquired from Phoenix Petroleum via trade last month, tallied 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the field despite committing six turnovers to finally help the Hotshots snap a two-game losing skid for a 1-2 win-loss record.
Import Marqus Blakely posted 22 of his 24 points in the second half in addition to his 22 rebounds, six assists and five steals, while Peter June Simon added 15 points, including three triples, and Mark Andy Barroca finished with 11 points plus six assists for the Star Hotshots.
“The game plan was simple score more points than the opponent,” said Star Hotshots mentor Jason Webb during the post-game interview. “We wanted to start a little better but we can’t seem to start the conference right. We’re still alive even if we started poorly.”
“It just feels like the ball doesn’t seem to fall and we have to get over it. I hope this turns things around. Our guys just played better enough than the opponent. I think RR [Garcia] pretty much adjusted pretty well today, Webb added.
The Batang Pier posted a slim lead at the end of first quarter, 22-19, and first half, 44-42, behind the impressive debut of import Michael Glover and consistency of Terrence Romeo.
The two players merged for 27 points in the opening half, while Yeo added nine points in the first two quarters.
GlobalPort shot accurately overall in the field than the Star Hotshots in the first half (41-36%).
The Hotshots couldn’t rely on Blakely’s struggling offense in the first half and went on to local players Garcia, Barroca and Peter June Simon to keep the game in jabbing distance. Garcia had 12 points alone in the first two periods.
Blakely, who made an atrocious 1-of-6 shooting in the field in the first half, finally shook-off a luckless start by hitting 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the third period. But Romeo and Stanley Pringle delivered 10 points each to forge a 71-all deadlock at the start of the last frame.
After the start of fourth quarter, the game was halted for at least 20 minutes because of power outage due to continues rain and thunderstorm. Score tied at 71-all with 11:37 remaining in the fourth canto, when the lights went out.
When the game resumed, both teams engaged to a tightly contested game resulting in overtime. Glover scored a go-ahead free throws with 16 ticks left in the game providing GlobalPort a 92-90 cushion, but Garcia answered a game-tying lay-up that knotted the count with still 3.7 seconds remaining.
Romeo’s potential game-winning basket was blocked as the buzzer sounded.
Glover, who replaced original import Dominique Sutton, scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for GlobalPort while Romeo also scored 27 points.
The Batang Pier dropped to 0-3.