GlobalPort Batang Pier 117 – Blackwater Elite 106
The GlobalPort Batang Pier continue to cruise as they nab their second straight win. They send the Blackwater Elite crashing to the bottom of the standings at 0-4.
After a 0-3 start, the Elite decided to go with a new coach, replacing Leo Isaac with Bong Ramos. Early in the game, it seemed as if the change was going to pay immediate dividends. Blackwater took advantage of their size inside as they dumped the ball into Jarrid Famous repeatedly. Famous scored 17 points in the first quarter alone as he powered his way in the paint against his former team. Mike DiGregorio and Allein Maliksi provided timely outside shooting as Blackwater scored 35 points and jumped out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter.
But GlobalPort’s offense was just too much to stop. Malcolm White got the run started in the second quarter with six straight points. Stanley Pringle and Nico Elorde dropped back-to-back treys to cut the lead down to single digits. Then in the third quarter Sean Anthony exploded. The versatile forward showcased his scoring ability, dropping 11 straight points to take the lead from Blackwater. Anthony finished with 13 of his 29 points in the third quarter to lead the Batang Pier charge. After his scoring barrage, GlobalPort was up by 16 heading into the final period and they cruised to an easy win.
Anthony led the Batang Pier with 29 points and 13 rebounds. White had 28 points. Pringle submitted another all-around game with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 98 – NLEX Road Warriors 97
Even the arrival of former NBA player Arnett Moultrie couldn’t prevent the NLEX Road Warriors from taking in their second straight loss of the conference. The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters did enough in the end game to pull out the win.
The game was tight in the final period as neither team could pull away from the other. The biggest lead by either team in the fourth quarter was just four points. Rain or Shine was playing catch-up for the first six minutes of the final period finally took the lead on Jay Washington freebies. Moultrie and JR Quinahan put NLEX ahead again but Washington hit a short stab to tie the game heading into the final minutes.
Washington played a pivotal role in the final period as he scored most of his 10 points during that stretch. His biggest basket bas a three-pointer from the left corner that gave the Elasto Painters a one-point lead with less than two minutes left in the game. Moultrie answered back with a score inside off a Quinahan miss to tie the game. But Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson would do the same on the other end. Johnson was fouled as he was going for a putback and he split his free throws to give the Elasto Painters the lead with seven seconds left.
NLEX had their chance to win the game but Juami Tionson lost the ball in the back court as Rain or Shine dribbled the clock away to hold on to the win.