B.Pier win

October 12, 2018

HERE comes Northport Batang Pier.

After an alarming 0-6 start, the  Batang Pier are back in a fighting mood  that coach Pido Jarencio hopes will continue in  their next three  games and possibly, the playoffs.

Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle delivered  at crunchtime as the Batang  Pier  rolled  to their second straight win  --  99-94  over Meralco -- in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Anthony finished with a  team-high 26 points, including a back-breaking  three-point shot with 24 seconds left  that put  the  Batang Pier ahead, 97-91, after the  Bolts  threatened  to 91-94 on a triple  by Mike Tolomia.

Pringle  added  24  points, highlighted  by a  three-pointer that made it 95-88 with 58 seconds left.

Import  Rashad Woods and Mo Tautuaa also did  well with 20 points and 14 points, respectively.

Tautuaa  went 6-of-7 from the  free throw line, including the two pressure-packed free  throws with 1:28 left.

“The boys really worked hard for this win, Rashad (Woods) stepped in the second half,” said Jarencio, who hopes to bring his trademark never-day-die  spirit to his wards.

“I talked to him  (Woods) at the dugout and told him he needs to score, and he did,” added Jarencio.

“Baka makahabol pa.  Habol  lang,  baka sakali  umabot. BAsta one game at a time,” explained  Jarencio,  referring to  the  team’s remaining  three games against Rain or Shine, Alaska  Milk  and San Miguel Beer in the elimination.

The  Batang  Pier  ended a six-gamelosing skid when  they  defeated   Columbian  Dyip, 118-101,  last Oct.6.

Two-time  PBA  Best Import awardee Allen Durham had game-highs of 37  points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort for the Bolts, who dropped to 1-6. Tolomia added 18.

The scores:

NorthPort (99) -- Anthony 26, Pringle 24, Woods 20, Tautuaa 14, Elorde 4, Arana 4, Espinas 2, Gabayni 2, Javelona 2, Taha 1, Fortuna 0, Guinto 0, Grey 0.

Meralco (94) -- Durham 37, Tolomia 18, Newsome 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 5, Salva 4, Canaleta 3, Caram 2, Lanete 0, Amer 0, Ballesteros 0, Atkins 0, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 22-21, 46-41, 74-69, 99-94.