It's Northport

October 06, 2018
Nico Elorde
Nico Elorde of NorthPort in action. PBA photo

ANTIPOLO --This  time,  Northport Batang Pier can’t be denied.

Stung  by a  heartbreaking loss to Talk N Text in a game where they led by as  many as 23 points, the  Batang Pier  made sure it  will be a  happy ending against Columbian Dyip.

Mo Tautuaa, Stanley Pringle and  Sean Anthony delivered as NorthPort defeated Columbian, 118-101, to  finally claim the elusive first  win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at  the Ynares Center here  Saturday.

Tautuaa finished with 26 points   and 10 rebounds,  Pringle added  26 points and  seven assists and  Anthony contributed 25 points, nine  rebounds, five assists and six steals in  the  Batang Pier’s  first win after six losses.

Import Rashad Woods also produced  good  numbers  with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

“It’s about time that the breaks of  the  game  went our way,” said NorthPort coah Pido Jarencio.

“Law of averages na din.  Six straight losses, tapos  tatlo doon, almost.  Sabi ko na lang sa team, tignan na lang natin ‘yung mga positives.”

Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy led Columbian’s losing  effort.

King had 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals while McCarthy had 16 points.

The  game was close for three quarters and the  score was still tied  at  93-all  when Tautuaa and Anthony combined  n a game-changing 80 run that put the Batang  Pier  ahead for good, 101-93.

Anthony also hit  a dagger three to  make it 104-93.

The Dyip never recovered from  there.    

Meanwhile,  defendng   champion   Barangay Ginebra looks for its  seventh win  in eight matches when it takes  on slumping  Meralco  in  another out-of-town encounter at  the  Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Arena.

Riding  the  momentum of last Friday’s   inspiring  106-92 win over NLEX, the  Gin Kings set out as  the  heavy  favorites  against the  Bolts in  the   6:45 p.m. rematch  of the two teams that clashed in the finals of the season-ending conference  for the  last two years.

An added attraction is the battle  between  Justin  Brownlee of Ginebra and  Allen Durham  of Meralco --  the  same imports when these two  teams clashed in the 2016 and  2017 editions of the Governors’ Cup.

At 1-4, the Bolts are now hard-pressed  to win more games they could in order to make the playoffs.

The  scores:

NorthPort (118) -- Tautuaa 26, Pringle 26,  Anthony 25, Woods 13, Taha 10, Elorde 7, Gabayni 3, Espinas 2, Guinto 2, Grey 2, Flores  2, Teng 0, Fortuna 0, Javelona 0.

Columbian (101) -- King 29, McCarthy 16, Escoto 14, Corpuz 13, Wright 10, Khobuntin 5, Cahilig 4, Celda 3, Sara 3, Gabriel 2, Reyes 2.

Quarterscores: 24-25, 53-50, 86-89, 118-101.