Batang Pier bolster playoff bid with upset of Bolts

GLOBALPORT'S Stanley Pringle goes for a layup during first half action with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Standings: San Miguel 5-1 (W-L), Ginebra 5-1, Meralco 7-2, Star 6-2, Talk ‘N Text 6-2, Alaska 4-3, Rain or Shine 4-4, Phoenix 4-5, Globalport 3-6, Blackwater 2-7, Mahindra 2-7, NLEX 0-8

Games May 19 (Cuneta Astrodome) : 4:15 p.m. – San Miguel vs. NLEX; 7 p.m. – Ginebra vs. Rain or Shine

GLOBALPORT’S two new recruits and brandnew import made a huge impact as Globalport upset league-leading Meralco, 94-86, in a victory that triggered a shakeup in the standings of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Sean Anthony scored 18 points as he easily emerged as the brightest among the locals in the Globalport side that also drew remarkable help from Bradwyn Guinto.

The Batang Pier picked up their third win in nine outings.

Interestingly, Anthony and Guinto got their first taste of victory this conference under new team as their former team in NLEX has remained winless in eight outings.

Their more than impressive debut with Globalport also complemented  new import Justin Harper who got the  better end of his duel with Meralco’s Alex Stephenson as he debuted with 30 points.

The win not only bolstered Globalport’s quarterfinal bid but also resulted into the Bolts going down to third place from top spot after picking up their second loss in nine games, with sister team San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra going up to share the top spot.

The league takes a break to give way to the SEABA tournament which the country is hosting beginning May 12 to 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The elimination round resumes on May 19 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The scores:

Globalport (94) – Harper 30, Anthony 18, Pringle 16, Cortez 13, Guinto 8, Grey 3, Pessumal 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 2, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0.

Meralco (86) – Stepheson 19, Chua 16, Dillinger 14, Amer 11, Newsome 8, Uyloan 6, Daquioag 2, Hodge 2, Yeo 2, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Nabong 2, Faundo 0.

Quarterscores: 26-25, 43-42, 61-65, 94-86.