Batang Pier strike, stun Elasto Painters to keep playoff hopes alive

GLOBALPORT'S Justin Harper is being harassed by Rain or Shine's Beau Belga during their PBA Commissioner's Cup tussle at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City Friday. PBA Images


GLOBALPORT leaned on a strong finish to bring down Rain or Shine, 107-101, and stay in contention for a playoff spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City, Laguna Friday.

Terrence Romeo scored 26 points while Justin Harper cut loose with 19 and the two were also there with Sean Anthony when the Batang Pier launched a torrid offensive in the last four and half minutes of the game.

The Batang Pier wrapped up their fourth win in ten outings, and tied Phoenix for eight place, although they face tough task in their last assignment in game against San Miguel Beer at the close of the elimination on June 2.

The Batang Pier, at the same time, spoiled the Elasto Painters’ bid for back-to-back win after beating Barangay Ginebra in a come-from-behind win last Friday.

The Elasto Painters, who tumbled to 5-5, were still in control at 94-86 entering the last five minutes, but the defending champions were not as fortunate as they were last Friday, as their offense went in tatters.

The Batang Pier seized the moment to unload a 17-4 scoring run highlighted by Romeo’s two triples and a triple from Harper to post a 103-98 lead.

The Elasto Painters threatened once more at 103-101 on a quick triple by Jeff Chan, but Anthony was there to steer them out of harm’s way following his tough drive which gave Globalport a 105-101, 26 seconds left.

The Batang Pier actually had a good start to speak off in the crucial game.

Anthony scored seven points including a triple while Mike Cortez added a triple of his own and Jonathan Grey two freethrows as Globalport padded a 15-14 lead into 27-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Timely triples by Anthony, Stanley Pringle and Von Pessumal afforded the Batang Pier to enjoy double-digit lead at 38-27 despite being outscored early in the second quarter by the Elasto Painters.

The scores:

Globalport (107) – Romeo 26, Harper 19, Pringle 15, Anthony 15, Pessumal 9, Cortez 8, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Grey 2, Paredes 0.

Rain or Shine (101) – Crews 23, Yap 22, Cruz 14, Chan 10, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Tolomia 3, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0.

Quarters: 27-14, 48-44, 75-73, 107-101.