IMPORT CJ Leslie posted 33 points plus 14 rebounds and five blocks as GlobalPort edged KIA, 100-89, for its first win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 40 Commissioners Cup on Tuesday at The Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
In addition to the impressive performance of KIA’s 7’4 Puerto Rican import Peter John Ramos who posted 41 points plus 20 rebounds and three blocks, GlobalPort banked on its solid play incorporating great defense and shooting to win its opening match.
Terrence Romeo notched 19 points, rookie Stanley Pringle 17 points and newcomer veteran Dennis Miranda eight points for the Batang Pier.
KIA, which replaced its moniker from Sorento to Carnival, played without playing head coach Manny Pacquiao who is currently in the United States.
The Carnival now has 0-1 record in the team standings. JOSEF T. RAMOS