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Globalport averts meltdown, claims 1st win

By John Bryan Ulanday

Globalport squandered a huge lead, but regained its footing down the stretch to overcome Rain or Shine, 78-70, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After wasting a 14-point lead, the Batang Pier banked on main gunner Stanley Pringle in the fourth period en route to their first victory in three starts.
Pringle took the cudgels from injured Terrence Romeo as he tallied nine points in the final canto to finish with 29 markers in an impressive 5-of-10 shooting from behind the arc on top of nine rebounds.
The 30-year old Pringle was backstopped by Kelly Nabong with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Brad Guinto, who finished with near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds.
After erupting for 29 points in their 97-104 loss to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday, Sean Anthony was limited to just three points but contributed in other departments with 13 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.
“My players wanted to play. Gusto talaga nilang manalo today. It was a team effort,” said Globalport coach Pido Jarencio, who finally got his first victory in his return as head coach of the Batang Pier.
“Lesson learned yung last two games namin. We hit our target na 80 points below. We’re giving 109 points per game. We played good defense tonight. Lahat tumulong, nag-contribute. At least ngayon, we finished stronger.”
The Batang Pier proved to be steadier this time as it finally averted another endgame meltdown.
They appeared to be on their way to a lopsided win after a sizzling 19-5 start but was swarmed by a 13-0 rally by Rain or Shine to settle for just a slim 19-18 entering the second period.
Gabe Norwood put up 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Elasto Painters, who suffered their second consecutive setback.
Meanwhile, San Miguel looks to keep its slate unblemished with a gigantic clash against archrival TNT in the season’s first out-of-town offering today in Iloilo City.

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