GlobalPort Batang Pier 78 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 70
With Terrence Romeo still out recovering from an injury, the GlobalPort Batang Pier have called on Stanley Pringle to lead them. The superstar guard has answered the call and finally delivered a win. Pringle scored 29 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Batang Pier over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for their first win this season.
Pringle got hot in the first period, hitting three treys to lead the Batang Pier to a 14-point lead. Rain or Shine leaned on a balanced scoring attack to get back in the game. Pringle continued his offensive onslaught in the second period. He scored 11 of the last 13 points of the Batang Pier in an awesome offensive display. Pringle attacked the basket hard repeatedly finishing over multiple defenders. Pringle finished his flurry with a pull-up three-pointer with Gabe Norwood right in his mug. The Batang Pier took a six-point lead heading into halftime.
The Elasto Painters continued to fight back. Rey Nambatac, Maverick Ahanmisi and Norwood got together in the third quarter to keep the game close. Pringle still had one last run in him. Midway through the fourth period, with GlobalPort only leading by one-point, he led on a 12-4 run. Pringle and Bradwyn Guinto powered the Batang Pier with an inside-outside attack to pull away by nine points. Rain or Shine could only get as close as six points the rest of the way.
Blackwater Elite 94 – Barangay Ginebra 77
A slow start by Barangay Ginebra doomed them as the Blackwater Elite took a lead midway through the game and never let go.
Ginebra and Blackwater were tied 19-all heading into the second quarter. Scottie Thompson scored on an and-one basket inside to give Ginebra a two-point lead. That was the last time the Barangay would have the lead. The Elite proceeded to take the lead from that point on. Allein Maliksi and James Sena scored on back-to-back jumpers to give Blackwater a four-point lead. Mac Belo and JP Erram closed Blackwater’s 15-7 run with a three-pointer and a layup inside. The Elite held an eight-point lead heading into the second half.
In the third quarter, the Elite increased their lead up to 13 points with Belo and Erram leading the way. But Ginebra countered by leaning heavily on Greg Slaughter. The Ginebra big man powered his way inside and scored eight points to close the quarter. Ginebra cut the double-digit lead down to just one-point to start the final period when Mark Caguioa scored on a jumper inside. Maliksi went to work in the next few possessions and scored eight points to help Blackwater pull away again. Mike DiGregorio and Mike Cortez teamed up midway through the fourth quarter to thwart Ginebra’s rallies to get back in the game.
With three minutes left in the game, Cortez and Belo ran a perfect pick-and-pop play that got Belo a wide-open shot from beyond the arc to increase Blackwater’s lead back to 13. A few minutes later, Cortez found Belo on the wings once again for another three-pointer to seal the win.