Blackwater 118 – Kia 97
The game was even more lopsided than the 21 separation between the two teams in the final score. The Blackwater Elite had their three-game winning streak snapped in their last game. So they took out their frustrations on the Kia Picanto. The Elite ambushed the Picanto and led by as much as 49 points to bounce back with a statement win.
Blackwater overwhelmed the Picanto in almost all aspects on the offensive end. The Elite shot a tidy 44% clip from the field. They were even better from beyond the arc. They hit 19 three-pointers at a blistering 48% rate. They relied on a balanced scoring attack from almost everyone on the team.
Henry Walker was his usual high-scoring self with 25 points, 11 rebounds and four treys. Michael DiGregorio bounced back from a subpar shooting night against TNT to score 16 points on three treys. JP Erram was a beast inside with 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Ael Banal and Nino Canaleta combined for 25 points and six treys. The Elite had eight players hit at least one three-pointer in the game.
The Elite are back to .500 at 4-4 while the Picanto remain winless in eight games.
GlobalPort 119 – TNT 112
With Terrence Romeo limited by the TNT defense, Stanley Pringle stepped up in his place. Pringle scored a career-high 30 points to lead GlobalPort to the upset win.
The KaTropa looked like they were going to extend their winning ways early in the game. They ran out to a seven-point lead after the first quarter. They extended that lead to 10 points early in the second quarter behind an RR Pogoy three-pointer. Murphey Holloway, Mike Cortez and Pringle teamed up in the second quarter to go on a 19-4 run to take the lead, 44-37. Pringle continued to rampage in the third quarter. He scored on an aggressive drive to the basket to give GlobalPort a double-digit lead. He followed that up with a pull-up three-pointer to complete a 13-2 lead. That gave GlobalPort a 14-point lead.
The Batang Pier took a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter. The KaTropa could only come as close as five points as the Batang Pier had an answer to every run. Pringle led the team in scoring and added eight rebounds and four assists. Holloway had 24 points and 17 rebounds to back-up Pringle. Sean Anthony and Cortez combined for 32 points and four treys.