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GlobalPort withstands Kia challenge to even slate

Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony played the role of heroes come the home stretch and saved the GlobalPort Batang Pier from a furious Kia Picanto hijack, 108-91, Wednesday evening at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Filipino-American tandem combined for 13 of the team’s 24 points in the final 7:39 to help the Batang Pier regain the lead and earn a victory, to further improve their chances of qualifying into the 2018 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

“Actually, it’s a total team effort,” said GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio. “Yung team gusto talaga pumasok sa quarters. I think we’re in 7 or 8, siguro yun. Focus tayo sa Phoenix game and tignan natin kung ano mangyayari.”

The Batang Pier have improved to 5-5 and tied with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. The Picanto dropped to 1-9.

Anthony had 21 points, eight rebounds, and four steals, while Pringle finished with 15 points, eight boards, five assists, and two steals. Kelly Nabong produced a double-double of 21 markers and 13 caroms along with five blocks.

The Batang Pier entered the fourth quarter with an 11-point edge, but lost hold of the advantage as the Picanto rallied with a 16-6 spree — with the last six points courtesy of Reden Celda — to snatch the lead, 85-84, with 7:58 on the clock.

However, the Pringle-Anthony connection clicked. Pringle’s back-to-back threes, and Anthony’s two splits and an and-one, powered GlobalPort’s 14-2 run to steady the ship, 98-87, and cruise smoothly en route to the 17-point triumph.

Rookie Julian Sargent had himself a night, as he chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, and four dimes for GlobalPort.

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Celda led the Picanto with 20 markers and five assists. Rookie Jon Gabriel had another solid outing with 17 points and 11 boards; Rashawn McCarthy made 14 points, six caroms, and six feeds; and Eric Camson had 12 and 10.

GlobalPort’s match with the Phoenix Fuel Masters will be on March 2, Friday at 4:30 PM. Kia will next face defending champions San Miguel Beermen this Friday, February 23, at 7:00 PM. Both games are still at the Big Dome.

The Scores:

GlobalPort 108 – Nabong 21, Anthony 21, Pringle 15, Sargent 12, Teng 7, Grey 6, Flores 6, Gabayni 6, Guinto 6, Juico 4, Elorde 2, Arana 2, Taha 0

Kia 91 – Celda 20, Gabriel 17, McCarthy 14, Camson 12, Jamon 9, Corpuz 5, Tubid 5, Sara 4, Cabrera 2, Yee 0, Lastimosa 0, Galanza 0, Escoto 0, Khobuntin 0, Ababou 0

Quarterscores: 23-26, 51-40, 78-67, 108-91

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