GlobalPort Batang Pier 108 – Kia Picanto 91
The GlobalPort Batang Pier almost let a win slip through their hands. But they were able to right the ship in the final minutes to pull away from the Kia Picanto.
Kia once again had a good start to the game. Behind the efforts of Reden Celda, Jon Gabriel and Rashawn McCarthy, they took a slim lead early in the game. But once again, the Picanto failed to keep up their effort. In the second quarter, GlobalPort took control of the game. Kia still had a two-point lead midway through the second quarter when the Batang Pier went on a 14-0 run to take a 12-point lead. The Batang Pier were up and running as they picked up misses from Kia and push the ball at every opportunity.
In the third period, it was Kelly Nabong and Sean Anthony doing the damage for GlobalPort. The two teamed up to help the Batang Pier build a 16-point lead. Kia wanted to play spoiler one last time. Behind the efforts of Celda, they went on a searing run in the fourth period to take a one-point lead off a Celda and-one play.
But Stanley Pringle had enough. He dropped back-to-back three-pointers to swing momentum back GlobalPort’s way. That 6-0 run by Pringle sparked a 24-6 run by the Batang Pier to close the game. Pringle scored nine-points in that game-clinching stretch. Nabong led the way for the Batang Pier with 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Anthony added 21 points as well. Pringle finished the game with 15 points.
Blackwater Elite 83 – Phoenix Fuel Masters 78
The Blackwater Elite got contributions across the board as they did just enough to secure a win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The game was a tight, defensive match-up from the get go. Both teams concentrated on attacking the paint early in the game as they deployed their burly forwards to pound the ball inside. Phoenix got an early jump on Blackwater as they limited them to just 14 points after 12 minutes.
The scoring picked up in the second period. Phoenix found their outside shot and ran out to an eight-point lead. But the Elite refused to let them pull away. Roi Sumang aggressively took the ball to the hole every chance he got. He scored 10 points in the second period on daredevil drives to the hoop to lead the Elite back in the game. Blackwater was only down by one heading into the break.
The game stayed close all the way to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Phoenix took a one-point lead on a tough Jeff Chan layup. That was when Blackwater went on their closing run. Poy Erram tipped in a miss to give Blackwater the lead back. John Pinto followed it up with a fast break hoop off a steal to extend the lead further. The Elite took a five-point lead, 82-77 and held on defensively until the end.