The Batang Pier played without import Malcolm White for most of the payoff period but showed composure down the stretch for their 4th win in 8 games
Published 7:14 PM, June 13, 2018
Updated 7:15 PM, June 13, 2018
BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK. The Batang Pier snap a two-game skid for their 4th win in the conference. Photo from PBA Images
MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort played with an all-Filipino lineup for most of the 4th quarter but managed to complete a 98-94 comeback triumph over San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, June 13.
Even without import Malcolm White, who was ejected with 8:06 remaining in the game, the Batang Pier erased an 8-point deficit in the payoff period to snap a two-game skid and improve to 4-4.
White paced GlobalPort with 25 points and 10 rebounds before getting tossed out after a hard foul on Beermen counterpart Renaldo Balkman, which earned him his second technical foul.
Instead of sulking with the loss of their import, the Batang Pier slowly chipped away on San Miguel’s lead with Stanley Pringle and Nico Elorde leading the way.
Pringle, who chalked up 22 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, scored 8 of his output in the last frame while Elorde, who had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, drilled in a trey that gave GlobalPort a 95-92 lead with 48 seconds remaining.
Two Balkman free throws kept the comeback door ajar for the Beermen but Pringle stole the ball from Alex Cabagnot, paving the way for a Mo Tautuaa layup with 19 seconds left, 97-94.
Another turnover, this time from Balkman, ended the Beermen’s 3-game winning streak.
San Miguel, led by Balkman’s 33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals, saw its record fall to 3-4
GlobalPort (98): White 25, Pringle 22, Anthony 11, Guinto 9, Tautuaa 8, Grey 7, Elorde 6, Nabong 3, Teng 3, Sargent 2, Javelona 2
San Miguel (94): Balkman 33, Fajardo 20, Cabagnot 19, Santos 10, Lassiter 6, Ross 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Mamaril 0, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0, Standhardinger 0
Quarter scores: 23-27, 47-51, 71-79, 98-94