Batang Pier strike, down Bolts

Stanley Pringle of Globalport makes his way amid Meralco defenders as he goes for a drive during their PBA Philippine Cup meeting on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA Images

GLOBALPORT wove an awesome offensive anchored on four gunners as it clobbered Meralco, 107-88, for its third win in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jonathan Grey, Sean Anthony, Kelly Nabong and Stanley Pringle all stepped up in the absence of Terrence Romeo, finishing a combined output of 79 points in a remarkable marksmanship that helped Batang Pier pull through against the Bolts.

Grey was easily the most consistent of them all with 24 points, with Anthony chipping in 18 points, and Nabong and Pringle 17 points each.

It was Nabong who emerged as a big revelation of sort as he also grabbed 17 rebounds that went with three blocks in a yeoman job he did against his former team.

Globalport coach Pido Jarencio later said their offense was the result of their sustained defensive effort.

“We finished stronger talaga,” said Jarencio, visibly impressed with the way the Batang Pier chalk up their third win in six outings.

“Yung defense namin talagang nag-work,” stressed Jarencio.

The Batang Pier, who bounced back from a 107-93 loss they suffered at the hands of San Miguel Beer last Jan 24, controlled the game most of the way.

Putting their offense on motion in earnest, the Batang Pier readily ripped the game apart, 29-16, at the end of the first quarter, and sustained the heat to build lead as many as 22 points at the end of the third.

The Bolts had four of them finishing in double digits, with Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Newsome cutting loose with 17 points each, but they simply could not match the Batang Pier’s intensity.

Mike Tolomia added 15 points and Mark Baracael 12 for the Bolts who fell near the bottom with their fourth loss in six outings.

Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger, and Nino Canaleta also failed to deliver for the Bolts, combining for just 10 points.

The scores:

Goblaport (107) — Grey 24, Anthony 18, Nabong 17, Pringle 17, Gabayni 9, Araña 5, Guinto 5, Juico 4, Sargent 4, Elorde 2, Taha 2, Flores 0

Meralco (88) — Hugnatan 17, Newsome 17, Tolomia 15, Baracael 12, Hodge 7, Bono 5, Caram 5, Amer 4, Cañaleta 4, Dillinger 2, Ballesteros 0, Faundo 0, Lanete 0, Salva 0

Quarterscores: 29-16, 48-37, 82-60, 107-88