Batang Pier beat Elasto Painters, clinch first win

GLOBALPORT’S Stanley Pringle goes for a layup even as Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood tries to block him during their PBA Philippine Cup meeting on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. PBA Images

STANLEY Pringle scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Globalport chalked up its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 78-70 spanking of Rain or Shine on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Pringle’s gamelong brilliance in offense was complemented by Kelly Nabong and Bradwyn Guinto who also finished in double figures as the Batang Pier finally barged into the win column of the kick-off conference after dropping their first two outings.

The Batang Pier controlled the tempo most of the way, but the Elasto Painters just kept coming back behind Gabe Norwood, Marc Borboran and Maverick Ahanmisi.

A basket each by Beau Belga and Dexter Maiquez put Rain or Shine within 62-61, and sent Globalport coach Pido Jarencio suing for time early in the fourth.

The strategy paid off as it readily cut off the Batang Pier’s momentum, while coming away with a quick 8-to-nothing run highlighted by Pringle’s triple as Globalport posted a 70-61 lead.

The Batang Pier still led at 74-67 in the last 2:24 minutes. A travelling violation by Sean Anthony gave Rain or Shine a big break to move closer, but failed in its bid, with Ahanmisi and Borboran missing a hurried triple each.

Bradwyn Guinto then fished a foul from Jewel Ponferrada in Globalport’s return play, sinking two charities for a 76-67 Globalport lead.

The Elasto Painters threatened once more at 70-76 on Borboran’s quick triple, but they were forced to give up foul in the ensuing play which sent Jonathan Grey to the foul line.

Grey sank both freethrows to seal Globalport’s first win, and send Rain or Shine reeling to its second loss in three games.

The fleet-footed Pringle was at his best in the early goings when the Batang Pier posted a 19-5 lead. Ahanmisi, Norwood and Belga combined for a 13-0 counter attack to narrow the score at 19-18 at the end of the first quarter.

The Painters led only at 33-30 on Raymond Almazan’s basket with 4:18 left in the second quarter.

The scores:

Globalport (78) — Pringle 29, Nabong 12, Guinto 10, Grey 8, Sargent 8, Gabayni 4, Anthony 3, Flores 2, Elorde 2, Arana 0, Juico 0, Taha 0.

Rain or Shine (70) – Norwood 15, Borboran 13, Ahanmisi 10, Belga 8, Nambatac 6, Yap 5, Ponferrada 3, Daquioag 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Maiquez 2,

Quarters: 19-18, 41-35, 58-56, 78-70.