Globalport Batang Pier’s early explosion on offense helped them earn their second straight win in the 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup after stunning San Miguel Beermen, 98-92, Friday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Star guard Stanley Pringle anchored Globalport’s offense with 25 points and four dimes, while backcourt mate Terrence Romeo added 18.
The team clad in neon green dictated the tempo right after the opening tip, exploding to a 12-1 run midway into the opening frame. With the Romeo-Pringle duo doing everything on the court – dropping buckets, dishing out assists, and playing the passing lanes – Batang Pier wrapped up the quarter in their favor, 23-8.
The Beermen, however, regained their touch in the offensive end during the second quarter. Down by 12, 39-27, with less than four minutes remaining, veteran import AZ Reid sparked a commanding 14-2 scoring spree to help San Miguel get back into the game. The first half ended with a slim two-point lead by Globalport, 41-39.
Globalport came out strong in the third canto, converting a 45-all knot early to a wide eleven-point lead, 61-50, after a Romeo-led 16-5 run. SMB, meanwhile, closed in by four, 70-66, after a Gary David reverse, but a triple from Joseph Yeo helped Globalport end the quarter with a seven-point advantage, 73-66.
San Miguel went down by just a basket, 84-82, late in the final frame after a June Mar Fajardo basket, but Globalport’s offensive prowess was too much, widening the gap to six, 94-88, after a Pringle jumper. SMB scored four more, 94-92, but Romeo took over, scoring off a lay-up and pair of charities to seal the win, 98-92.
“Our players played good in the first half. And when San Miguel came back, they responded naman,” said Globalport head coach Johnedel Cardel. “We told the boys at the half that we have to play 48 minutes of basketball to win this,” he added.
Reid led all scorers with 41 big points for San Miguel.
Globalport now owns a 2-4 slate, while SMB goes to 4-2.
Globalport (98) – Pringle 25, Romeo 18, Glover 15, Dehesa 8, Taha 8, Wahington 8, Yeo 8, Mamaril 6, Semerad 2, Kramer 0, Salvacion 0.
San Miguel (92) – Reid 41, Fajardo 21, Lassiter 15, Cabagnot 6, Santos 4, Heruela 3, David 2, Arana 0, Tubid 0.
Quarterscores: 23-8, 41-39, 73-66, 98-92