NorthPort Batang Pier 99 – Meralco Bolts 94
It took six games but the NorthPort Batang Pier have finally racked together a string of wins this season. Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony team up to power the Batang Pier to their second straight win, the latest coming over the Meralco Bolts. Anthony led the way with 26 points off the bench. Pringle added 24 points and eight rebounds.
Meralco, desperate for a win, started off with a 10-0 blast. But it didn’t take long for NorthPort to take control of the game. The Batang Pier answered with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead. They slowly took over the lead and were able to build a lead as big as 13 points with an 8-0 run to start the final period.
The Bolts tried to retake the lead. Allen Durham, Chris Newsome and Mike Tolomia teamed up to cut the Batang Pier lead down to just two points heading into the final minute of the game. Unfortunately, that was their last stand. The Batang Pier answered back with an 8-3 blast highlighted by back-to-back treys from Pringle and Anthony to keep Meralco at bay.
San Miguel Beermen 117 – Phoenix Fuel Masters 100
The San Miguel Beermen finally get back on the winning track after a three-game losing streak. They used a game-changing fourth quarter blast to pull away from the Phoenix Fuel Masters and get their third win of the conference. The Beermen are clinging on to the eight seed with a 3-4 record while the Fuel Masters fall to the fifth spot with their third loss in nine games.
San Miguel needed a win to ensure that they stay safely above the bottom tier of the standings. After a rough start where the Fuel Masters took a six-point lead, the Beermen imposed their will on the second quarter. Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross sandwiched baskets by Arwind Santos and Christian Standhardinger with treys to take a nine-point lead in the second period. San Miguel was able to build a double-digit lead heading into the half.
The Fuel Masters were able to chip away at that lead. Eugene Phelps powered Phoenix in the third quarter to stay within striking distance. The Fuel Masters were down by only seven points heading into the final period.
San Miguel made sure that Phoenix wouldn’t rise any more. Marcio Lassiter caught fire in the final period. He scored seven points in the opening minutes of the quarter to rebuild the Beermen’s double digit lead. Alex Cabagnot joined in a few minutes later to give San Miguel a 20-point lead after he nailed three freebies. The Beermen cruised to the easy win from that point on.
Lassiter and import Kevin Murphy led San Miguel with 26 points each. The two combined for 12 treys as they shot down the Fuel Masters. Standhardinger was sturdy inside with a team-high 29 points.
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