GlobalPort Batang Pier 116 – NLEX Road Warriors 94
The GlobalPort Batang Pier continued their upward trend this conference, nailing their third win in five games. They rout the NLEX Road Warriors who continue their downward spiral with a fourth loss.
Kiefer Ravena made a three-pointer midway through the first quarter to give the Road Warriors their biggest lead of the game at three points. After that it was all GlobalPort in the game. The Batang Pier progressively took control throughout the game. There were no big blasts or torrid runs. It was just clean execution on offense and stifling defense that kept NLEX at bay.
After the GlobalPort took a six-point lead in the first period, the Road Warriors tied the game at 32 in the second quarter. The Batang Pier then went on a mini 10-2 run to take an even bigger lead. Everyone got into the scoring act as Malcolm White scored on two jumpers, Sean Anthony buried a three-pointer and Stanley Pringle got to the paint for a layup. Anthony continued his tear as he led the Batang Pier to a double-digit lead heading into halftime. The Batang Pier teamed up to hold on to that lead the rest of the way.
Six players finished in double figures led by 21 points on 58% shooting from Anthony. White had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Pringle added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists. As a team the Batang Pier shot 54% from the field and had 27 assists. They limited NLEX to only 40% shooting and a 24% clip from beyond the arc.
Magnolia Hotshots 126 – Columbian Dyip 101
The Magnolia Hotshots outright dominated the Columbian Dyip in the first half of the game. They ran out to a huge lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they displayed their offensive prowess throughout the entire game.
The Hotshots were were true to their name as they were on fire the entire game. They might not have shot the ball well from beyond the arc hitting only eight three-pointers at a 34% clip. But they made up for it through clean execution everywhere on the floor. Magnolia scored 123 points on 57% shooting and they had 28 assists as a team. Their bench had a huge hand in the win as they erupted for 56 points led by 18 from Ian Sangalang.
Magnolia was down by one-point early in the game. But they unleashed a monster 17-3 run to build a 13-point lead in the first quarter. Vernon Macklin was a beast in the opening period. He scored nine points in that run to power the Hotshots to the lead. The Hotshots jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter taking the fight out of the Dyips. Macklin finished with 19 points and eight rebounds
The Magnolia guard corps took over of the scoring duties the rest of the way. Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon all teamed up to help Magnolia build their biggest lead of the game at 38 points early in the fourth quarter. Lee and Barroca scored 17 points each. They also combined for 14 assists. Jalalon scored on the layup to give Magnolia their biggest lead of the game. He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.