(Mall of Asia Arena)
4:15 p.m. -- Alaska vs. NLEX
7 p.m. -- Star vs. Rain or Shine
GLOBALPORT may be out of contention, but it did not stop it from capping its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign in style.
The Batang Pier handily beat also-ran Blackwater in a high-scoring, 139-126 victory to formally close out their elimination round in the season-ending conference.
Globalport ended its elimination run with a 4-7 win-loss record while burying Blackwater deeper in the cellar with its 1-9 win-loss card.
Joseph Yeo exploded for points in the game, finishing with a game-high 37 points and six assists, enough to earn the best player of the game honor.
Not to be outdone, import Mike Glover and Terrence Romeo also had a field day in scoring, contributing 34 and 28 points, respectively.
Stanley Pringle and Jay Washington were the other locals who finished in double figures, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Batang Pier assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said that they just enjoyed the game since it was a no-bearing one.
“It looked like an All-Star game because we’re both out of the running,” said Villanueva. “It’s just about pride and effort, and whoever has that pride and effort in this type of game will eventually get the win.”
Romeo, for his part, said that this conference had been a big challenge for them.
“Hindi maiwasan yung disappointment. Maganda yung naging performance namin last time,” said Romeo after the game. “Mas magha-hardwork kami, at mas mabilis naming makukuha ang chemistry at laro ng isa’t-isa.”
“Wish ko kung ano ang wish ng coach ko,” he added.
With nothing to lose, both teams engaged in a shootout with Blackwater taking the upper hand after the first period with a 38-32 advantage.
The Elite continued their onslaught and carried the momentum it had in the first canto as they erected a 48-36 lead capped by Roi Sumang’s explosion.
But Yeo suddenly caught fire and trimmed the gap to only two, 68-70 at the break after unleashing four three-pointers in the last six minutes of the first half.
Globalport then took its cue from there as Pringle scored five straight points in the early goings of the third canto to take a 77-72 advantage.
A seesaw battle ensued in the next frame as the Batang Pier still held on to a 99-97 lead at the end of the third.
A different story unfolded in the payoff period, as Globalport suddenly sparked a 24-10 run anchored on Yeo, Pringle and Glover to mount a 123-109 lead in the last 4:34 of the game.
They never looked back from there.
Blackwater still has the chance to improve its card as it still has a game to play against defending champions San Miguel.
Globalport (139) -- Yeo 37, Glover 34, Romeo 28, Pringle 14, Washington 13, Semerad 8, Salvacion 3, Mamaril 2, Fortuna 0, Paredes 0.
Blackwater (126) -- King 28, Sumang 22, Dela Cruz 21, Lastimosa 14, Pascual 13, Gamalinda 11, Pinto 7, Sena 6, Reyes 4, Golla 0.
Quarterscores: 32-38, 68-70, 99-97, 139-126.