GLOBALPORT rebounded from last Wednesday’s stinging loss as it routed Columbian Dyip, 133-115, to reinforce its playoff chances in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle came away with a career-high 50 points built around nine triples and grabbed nine rebounds that went with six assists and three steals in a remarkable performance that powered the Batang Pier to their fifth win in 10 outings.
Pringle became the first local to breach the 50-point mark since Asi Taulava scored 51 points for Talk ‘N Text in 2004.
In bouncing back from a 135-108 spanking they received from Phoenix last Wednesday, the Batang Pier also boosted their chances of making the quarterfinal round.
The Dyip on the other hand virtually kissed their own playoff bid goodbye after absorbing their seventh loss in 11 outings.
Malcolm White, Jonathan Grey and Sean Anthony were also solid as they finished with 28, 16, 12 points, respectively, to complement Pringle’s show in a game they dominated from start to finish.
The Batang Pier built a 66-56 lead at halftime and maintained that until Andreas Cahilig sank a triple to ignite a 10-4 tear which enabled the Dyip to move within 87-83.
That was probably the best the Dyip could offer in the game.
The Batang Pier quickly reacted to the Dyip’s threat by unloading a 9-0 run highlighted by Stanley Pringle’s triple off Sean Anthony feed to restore their double-digit advantage at 96-83.
Fields then completed a three-play off Malcolm White’s foul while Ronald Tubid struck for a floater from the baseline as the Dyip narrowed the gap at the end of the third, 96-88.
Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer battles NLEX in a lone Petron Saturday Special at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.
The Beermen will be gunning for their second straight win — and fifth overall — in nine outings which will cement their place in the quarterfinal round.
The Beermen are toting a 4-4 win-loss slate. Mathematically, the Beermen are still in contention for the top two (which offer the luxury of having to win only once to advance) if they sweep their last three outings including against the Road Warriors at 5 p.m. today.
However, that is a possibility that’s too remote because for the Beermen to have a chance for the Top Two, it will necessarily depend on how the teams in front of them – Meralco, Alaska and Talk ‘N Text – will fare in their last assignments.
Probably, that may no longer be the main concern of the Beermen. Perhaps, their meeting against the Road Warriors would be more of a priority at this point in time since NLEX cannot be taken for granted either, notwithstanding its inferior 2-7 slate.
GlobalPort (133) – Pringle 50, White 28, Grey 16, Anthony 12, Tautuaa 8, Guinto 5, Espinas 4, Taha 4, Elorde 3, Teng 0.
Columbian (115) – Fields 26, Camson 24, McCarthy 21, King 21, Khobuntin 11, Celda 5, Cahilig 3, Ababou 2, Tubid 2, Corpuz 0, Escoto 0.
Quarters: 25-29, 66-56, 96-88, 133-115