NorthPort Batang Pier 118 – Columbian Dyip 101
The NorthPort Batang Pier finally got the monkey off their backs. They used a game-changing fourth quarter to earn their first win over the Columbian Dyip. Stanley Pringle led his team with 26 points and seven assists. Mo Tautuaa had his way in the paint with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
It was a hotly-contested game in the first three quarters. NorthPort was able to take a six-point lead in the second quarter behind big shots from Pringle and Tautuaa. Columbian battled back to within three points heading into the half. The Dyip made their own run led Jackson Corpuz in the third period. They looked like they were going to pull away, taking a nine-point lead on a Jerramy King three. Rashad Woods and Pringle teamed up to pull closer heading into the final period.
The game was tied at 93 early in the fourth period when the Batang Pier pulled away. Woods, Tautuaa, Sean Anthony and Paolo Taha all scored in an 11-1 run to take a double-digit lead. Pringle, Anthony and Taha continued to pour on the points. They combined for a 12-0 blast to put the game out of reach. NorthPort outscored Columbian 32-12 in the final period to take control of the game.
Alaska Aces 127 – San Miguel Beermen 119
The Alaska Aces earn a share of the second spot with their latest win over the San Miguel Beermen. The Aces rise up to 5-1 to force a three-way tie near the top of the standings. The Beermen continue their tailspin in the conference with their third straight loss.
Alaska slowly took over as the game progressed. The Beermen were on fire in the first period. Kevin Murphy and Christian Standhardinger carried the offense in the opening period. Murphy was confident, firing from outside without hesitation. Standhardinger powered his way in the paint. San Miguel scored 36 points in the opening period. Unfortunately for them, the Aces were able to keep in step with their offense. Simon Enciso, Mike Harris and Vic Manuel did their part to match the Beermen duo. In the second quarter, Jeron Teng and Jvee Casio joined in on the fun to help Alaska build a nine-point lead midway through the period. Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot were able to cut that lead down to three heading into the half.
At that point though, the Aces found their groove on offense. Harris, Teng, Enciso and Manuel all scored big baskets in the second half, especially in the final period to keep the Beermen at bay. Manuel’s personal 6-0 run in the fourth period killed any hopes of a final San Miguel run. Harris did the heavy lifting with 36 points and 23 rebounds. Manuel scored 20 points off the bench. Enciso and Teng combined for 30 points.
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