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B’ Pier down ‘Rain’

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Wednesday

(Cuneta Astrodome)

4:15 p.m.  -- Star vs. Mahindra

7 p.m. -- Rain or Shine vs. Alaska

TERRENCE Romeo and Stanley Pringle combined for 72 points as Globalport routed Rain or Shine, 117-99, to formalize its entry into the quarterfinal round of the PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Romeo exploded for a career-high 44 points built around eight triples while Pringle cut loose with 28 points as the Globalport’s 1-2 punch carried the team to the easy win.
   
Romeo also had six rebounds and six assists while Pringle pulled down six rebounds and issued four assists in an awesome offensive by the Batang Pier who closed out their elimination stint with six wins in 11 outings.
   
Interestingly, JR Quiñahan was also solid as he came away with 11 points on top of three rebounds and two steals in what looked like an inspired game against his former team which they sent reeling to its third straight loss and fifth overall in 10 games.
   
The loss left the Painters in a must-win situation in their last game against Alaska on Wednesday to avoid playoff complications.
   
“It’s a Terrence Romeo-Stanley Pringle story, but, of course, you have to give credit also to our defense,” said Globalport coach Franz Pumaren after the game which was actually close in the first half.
   
Who would have ever thought that the game that stood at 50-all at the half would end up in a ghastly rout?
   
The Batang Pier unleashed their fast-paced offensive as they greeted the Painters at the onset of the third with a dizzying 17-4 blitz highlighted by two triples from Pringle, with Globalport zooming unassailably ahead at 67-54.
   
The scores:
   
Globalport (117) - Romeo 44, Pringle 28, Quinahan 11, Semerad 9, Pessumal 6, Canaleta 6, Maierhofer 4, Pennisi 3, Andrada 2, Cortez 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 0, Urbiztondo 0.
   
Rain or Shine (99) - Chan 26, Washington 11, Yap 9, Cruz 9, Ponferada 8, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Tiu 7, Tolomia 5, Maiquez 4, Ahanmisi 3, Matias 3.
   
Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-50, 75-65, 117-99.