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B-Pier nip Bolts in 2OT

  • Written by Elmer N. Manuel
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Wednesday

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:14 p.m. -- Mahindra vs. NLEX

7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Blackwater

GLOBALPORT finally barged into the win column last night but not after surviving a gritty Meralco squad via a 126-123 double-overtime victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier snapped their four-game losing skid and improved to a 1-4 win-loss record while dealing the Bolts their third loss in six games.
Globalport’s win also came on a day when Meralco import Allen Durham fired 55 points  -- a league conference-high and his new PBA career high -- and showing no signs of slowing down even after two overtime periods.
Anthony Semerad and Jay Washington made things happen for Globalport especially in the second overtime, as Washington fired the crucial trey that tied that game at 123-all and Semerad sealing the deal with another three-pointer in the last 14.9 seconds.
Semerad was named best player of the game, finishing with 24 points off an impressive 6-of-8 shooting from the three-point area.
Globalport tried to put some distance from Meralco in the first extra period early anchored on Semerad and Romeo, but the Bolts refused to turn back as Durham again hit a three-pointer that tied the game at 110-all.
Romeo and Pringle connived in the next frame for a 114-112 advantage in with nine seconds remaining, but Chris Newsome was there to give the Bolts another lease in life for a 144-all count.
But a three-pointer from Washington and another one from Semerad from the right corner with 16 seconds left to finally earn their first win.
The scores:
Globalport (126) -- Glover 26, Romeo 24, Semerad 24, Pringle 15, Yeo 11, Washington 8, Dehesa 8, Kramer 6, Taha 4, Mamaril 0.
Meralco (123) -- Durham 55, Faundo 12, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Caram 8, Uyloan 6, Buenafe 6, Hugnatan 6, Dillinger 4, Nabong 4, Alapag 3, Amer 0, Bono 0.
Quarterscores: 21-24, 52-41, 82-71, 100-100, 114-114, 126-123.