GlobalPort extends the series against top-seeded Rain or Shine, Alaska eliminates Magnolia

8. GlobalPort Batang Pier 114 – 1. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 113 (GlobalPort extends series)

Jonathan Grey came up big in the dying second as he hit a trey to put the GlobalPort Batang Pier ahead of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. With that win, the Batang Pier extend their quarterfinals to a do-or-die game.

With 16.2 seconds left, the Batang Pier inbounded the ball to Malcolm White for looking for a quick hit to tie the game. White was immediately double-teamed as he dribbled into the post. He passed to Grey who was waiting in the right corner. The young guard got the pass and with no hesitation launched a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Ed Daquioag. The outside bomb hit back iron and settled into the bottom of the basket giving GlobalPort a one-point lead.

Rain or Shine still had 11.5 seconds left to win the game but GlobalPort put on a strong defensive stand to secure the win. Rain or Shine tried to get the ball to Reggie Johnson but he bobbled the pass. Daquioag recovered the ball and found Gabe Norwood open on the right wing. Norwood’s trey missed but Johnson was there for the put back. Johnson’s shot was blocked by White. Maverick Ahanmisi fired up a desperation turnaround jumper that hit front iron giving GlobalPort the win.

Rain or Shine held an 89-73 lead in the third quarter and looked well on their way to win. But GlobalPort stormed back behind the scoring efforts of White, Grey and Stanley Pringle. All three scored 20 or more points led by White’s 28. Grey had 22 while Pringle nearly had a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

2. Alaska Aces 89 – 7. Magnolia Hotshots 78 (Alaska advances to the Semifinals)

Vic Manuel was once again the hero for the Alaska Aces as he powered their game-clinching run in the fourth period to eliminate the Magnolia Hotshots. He extends his 20-point scoring run with 22 points and nine rebounds.

Alaska started the second half strong as Kevin Racal and Sonny Thoss powered their way inside to help the Aces build an 11-point lead. But Ian Sangalang and Wayne Chism refused to let Alaska pull away easily. They powered the Hotshots right back into the game, cutting the deficit down to just four points. Manuel came alive late in the third quarter. He scored eight of Alaska’s final 10 points to give them their biggest lead of the game at 16 points.

In danger of being eliminated, Wayne Chism sparked a run in the fourth quarter to get the Hotshots to within four points. He scored eight straight points to cut Alaska’s lead in half. Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon all joined their import as they cut the deficit down, 78-82. But Manuel and Chris Banchero joined in to finish the game on a 7-0 run. Manuel started out with a floater and Banchero followed with one of his own. Manuel scored the dagger to put Alaska up by 10 and Banchero added a free throw for good measure.

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