GlobalPort Batang Pier made sure there won’t be another fourth quarter meltdown and trounced Barako Bull, 91-81, in the 2014-15 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle, the top rookie pick in the last rookie draft, scattered 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and issued two assists in a brilliant all-around game that enabled the Batang Pier to bounce back from a sorry 101-96 loss to newcomer NLEX Road Warriors last week.
GlobalPort veteran Alex Cabagnot led all scorers with 21 points. Batang Pier big men Yancy De Ocampo and Mark Isip also stepped up with identical 12 points each.
GlobalPort put aside all off-court distractions to break into the win column.
”It’s a total team effort. Alex (Cabagnot) and Stanley (Pringle) stepped up as well as our big man Yancy (De Ocampo). This win is morale-boosting para sa team kahit paano,” said GlobalPort head coach Pido Jarencio whose job was reported to be hanging balance with rumors that he might be on his way out.
This following rumors that former De La Salle University champion coach Franz Pumaren has been approached by GlobalPort team owner and La Salle alumni Mikee Romero to handle the reins of the squad.
”Sa buhay naman lahat may pressure, ganyan din dito sa basketball. Sanay naman tayo sa pressure,” said a poker-faced Jarencio when grilled by reporters.
GlobalPort moves up to the middle of the pack with its 1-1 record.
A pivotal 18-6 blast, led by Cabagnot, Pringle and Yancy De Ocampo, in the middle of the third gave GlobalPort complete control of the game. The Batang Pier posted its largest advantage, 70-58, after Terrence Romeo’s lay-up at the 2:49 mark of the frame. From there, the Batang Pier didn’t look back.
GlobalPort overcame the ghost of its last game where it had a huge meltdown down the stretch.
The Batang Pier made sure that the win won’t be snatched from them this time around. GlobalPort made timely baskets to keep the Energy Colas at bay.
Barako Bull fell to the cellar to tie Blackwater with a 0-2 card at the start of the conference.
Denok Miranda led the Energy Colas with a team-high 16 points.
GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER 91 – Alex Cabagnot 21, Stanley Pringle 19, Mark Isip 12, Yancy De Ocampo 12, Terrence Romeo 9, Keith Jensen 7, Noy Baclao 6, Anthony Semerad 5, Paolo Taha 0, Ronjay Buenafe 0, Jojo Duncil 0, Jewel Ponferada 0, Kelly Nabong 0.
BARAKO BULL 81 – Denok Miranda 16, RR Garcia 12, Dave Marcelo 12, Jerick Fortuna 10, JC Intal 8, Carlo Lastimosa 6, Nico Salva 5, Jake Pascual 5, Chico Lanete 5, Willy Wilson 2, Jondan Salvador 0, Papot Paredes 0, Mick Pennisi 0.
Quarter scores: 25-21, 48-47, 74-67, 91-81.
Games Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Smart Araneta Coliseum
4:15 p.m. – Meralco versus. Blackwater
7 p.m. – Talk ‘N Text versus Alaska