GLOBALPORT unloaded a 9-2 finishing kick that eventually carried the Batang Pier to a 101-99 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors’ Cup yesterday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City.
Import Mike Glover knocked in a ignited that brief but telling wind-up highlighted by Yousif Taha’s semi hookshot in a big turnaround by the Batang Pier who have now picked up their third straight win after a 0-4 start.
The win created a three-way tie for 6th to 8th places among Rain or Shine, Phoenix Fuels and Globalport.
After Glover’s basket, Terrence Romeo followed suit with a layup before Taha’s basket grabbed the upperhand at 98-97 for Batang Pier.
The Batang Pier led the last time at 99-98 with a Beau Belga’s jumper with 52.3 seconds remaining in the Petron Saturay game special.
The Batang Pier then quickly regained the lead through Jay Washington who put back his own miss for a 100-99 lead which the Painters never got to regain after fumbling in the ensuing play.
Taha then fished a foul but made just one of two freethrows to round out the scoring.
The race for playoff berths (including outright semifinal and quarterfinal slots) is expected to turn hotter today with Barangay Ginebra and Star Hotshots colliding in the main tussle of an explosive double-header at the Smart Araneta Colisesum.
The Gin Kings play the Hotshots at 6:45 p.m. after the equally-exciting game between Alaska and Blackwater at 4:30 p.m.
The Gin Kings are entering the game carrying the momentum of their last August 21’s 101-87 rout of the Elasto Painters as they go for win that will keep them on the upper half of the standings.
The Hotshots on the other hand are looking to get out of the bottom where they have been stranded for so long in the season-ending conference.
“As history shows, the standings don’t mean anything when it comes to the Manila Clasico,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone.
Globalport (101) - Romeo 33, Glover 18, Pringle 16, Washington 11, Taha 7, Yeo 6, Mamaril 3, Salvacion 3, Kramer 2, Semerad 2, Dehesa 0, Fortuna 0.
Rain or Shine (99) - Lowhorn 21, Belga 17, Lee 11, Tiu 10, Almazan 8, Chan 8, Norwood 6, Ahanmisi 5, Ponferada 5, Cruz 4, Quinahan 4.
Quarterscores: 25-28, 48-54, 76-81, 101-99.