(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:30 p.m. -- Kia vs. San Miguel
7 p.m. -- Alaska vs. Rain or Shine
GLOBALPORT boosted its chances for going into the next round last night at the expense of an already
eliminated Kia Picanto squad via a 108-91 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta
The Batang Pier avenged their 81-96 loss against Magnolia in their last outing and improved
to a 5-5 win-loss record tied with idle Ginebra.
The Picanto, on the other hand, suffered their fifth straight loss and remained in the
cellar with a 1-9 card.
Sean Anthony and Kelly Nabong shone for Globalport, finishing with 21 points apiece while
Nabong capped a double- double performance, grabbing 13 rebounds.
Stanley Pringle and Julian Sargent were the other Batang Pier players in double figures,
contributing 15 and 12 points, respectively as they take the cudgels in the absence of Terrence
But Globalport’s win did not come easy, as it lost a 16-point advantage before getting its
groove going in the payoff period to seal the win.
Pringle sparked the timely run for the Batang Pier, knocking down back-to-back triples after
the Picanto briefly took the lead at 85-84.
Globalport streaked to a 24-6 run that did Kia in.
“May ganun, momentum, pero bumalik rin naman sa amin,” Globalport coach Pido Jarencio said,
referring to Kia’s fourth-quarter comeback. “It was a total team effort,” he added. “Gusto talaga
nila pumasok sa playoffs.”
Sensing the Picanto were giving all they could offer as early as in the first quarter and up
to early in the second, the Batang Pier took no time to put their offensive on motion.
Still trailing at 30-24, the Batang Pier turned to Anthony, Eric Camson, Nabong, Nico
Elorde, Bradwyn Guinto and Rashawn McCarthy who teamed in a telling 27-5 scoring run which
propelled Globalport to 51-35 lead.
The Batang Pier then stretched that lead to 57-42 early in the third.
The Picanto were down but not out. Pushed to the limit, the Picanto slowly clawed back into
contention and by the time the game reached its last 7:58 minutes, they were already on top again,
85-84, on Reden Celda’s completion of his steal off Pringle.
Meanwhile, Meralco will be one less big man again for its remaining game in the PBA
Coach Norman Black disclosed the Bolts will no longer have Cliff Hodge for the remainder of
the all-Filipino conference after suffering an MCL sprain (Grade 2) that will sideline him for four
to six weeks.
“Cliff Hodge is out for the tournament,” said the Meralco mentor. “He’ll be back around the
middle of March.”
The loss of Hodge further added to the injury woes of Meralco, which count on Ranidel de
Ocampo (calf) and Jared Dillinger (foot infection) among its casualties.
The injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time as the Bolts are currently making a late run
for a playoff berth in the season-opening meet. The team has won its last two outings against
Phoenix (92-90) and Barangay Ginebra (84-82) to keep its hopes alive.
They end their elimination round campaign against second-running Magnolia Hotshots (7-3)
this Saturday in Cagayan de Oro City in another virtual do-or-die game for the team.
If any, Black said he hopes to have Dillinger back in the active roster by the time the
Bolts play the Hotshots.
Globalport (108) -- Anthony 21, Nabong 21, Pringle 15, Sargent 12, Teng 7, Grey 6, Flores 6,
Gabayni 6, Guinto 6, Juico 4, Elorde 2, Araña 2, Taha 0.
Kia (91) -- Celda 20, Gabriel 17, McCarthy 14, Camson 12, Jamon 9, Corpuz 5, Tubid 5, Sara
4, Cabrera 3, Yee 2, Lastimosa 0, Galanza 0, Khobuntin 0, Ababou 0.
Quarterscores: 23-26, 51-40, 78-67, 108-91.