GLOBALPORT finally barged into the win column last night at the expense of Rain or Shine after eking out a 78-70 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Batang Pier improved to a 1-2 win-loss record tied with the Elasto Painters and snapped their two-game losing skid.
Stanley Pringle carried the fight for Globalport — who is still missing the services of main playmaker Terrence Romeo – and capped the night with 29 points and nine rebounds.
Kelly Nabong and Bradwyn Guinto were the only other Batang Pier players in double figures, finishing 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Globalport played like a well-oiled machine, tuning its energy on defense and limited Rain or Shine in a grind-out game.
“Players talaga wanted it today. It’s a team effort,” Globalport coach Pido Jarencio said. “Siguro lesson learned ‘nung last two games namin… We finished strong.”
“We hit our target: yung eighty points or below.”
“We played good defense,” he added.
The Batang Pier controlled the tempo most of the way, but the Elasto Painters just kept coming back behind Gabe Norwood, Marc Borboran and Maverick Ahanmisi.
A basket each by Beau Belga and Dexter Maiquez put Rain or Shine within 62-61 that sent Jarencio suing for time early in the fourth.
The strategy paid off as it readily cut off the Batang Pier’s momentum, while coming away with a quick 8-to-nothing run highlighted by Pringle’s triple as Globalport posted a 70-61 lead.
The Batang Pier still led at 74-67 in the last 2:24 minutes. A traveling violation by Sean Anthony gave Rain or Shine a big break to move closer, but failed in its bid, with Ahanmisi and Borboran missing a hurried triple each.
Guinto then fished a foul from Jewel Ponferrada in Globalport’s return play, sinking two charities for a 76-67 Globalport lead.
The Elasto Painters threatened once more at 70-76 on Borboran’s quick triple, but they were forced to give up foul in the ensuing play which sent Jonathan Grey to the foul line.
The Painters led only at 33-30 on Raymond Almazan’s basket with 4:18 left in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the PBA Homecourt held its maiden outing on Thursday by making surprise visits to three different barangays in Quezon City and Marikina.
Cage great Benjie Paras, Beau Belga of Rain or Shine, and Magnolia’s Rodney Brondial accompanied league officials and staff led by Officer In-Charge Willie Marcial in visiting basketball courts.
Globalport (78) -- Pringle 29, Nabong 12, Guinto 10, Grey 8, Sargent 8, Gabayni 4, Anthony 3, Flores 2, Elorde 2, Arana 0, Juico 0, Taha 0.
Rain or Shine (70) -- Norwood 15, Borboran 13, Ahanmisi 10, Belga 8, Nambatac 6, Yap 5, Ponferada 3, Daquioag 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Maiquez 2.
Quarterscores: 19-18, 41-35, 58-56, 78-70.