GlobalPort Batang Pier 133 – Columbian Dyip 115
Stanley Pringle put on a show. He erupted for 50 points, the first time a local reached that mark since 2004. With Pringle leading the way, the GlobalPort Batang Pier blasted the Columbian Dyip.
Pringle was excellent the entire game. He got to his totals shooting only 30 shots as he was an ultra-efficient 60% from the field. He also dropped nine three-pointers at a 56% rate to further boost his scoring. Pringle also dished out six assists and stole the ball three times.
Pringle and the Batang Pier started off slow. They were behind by eight points in the first period as Columbian got out to another fast start. But that deficit wouldn’t last for long. Pringle caught fire in the second quarter, dropping four three-pointers in that span to push GlobalPort ahead by double digits. He scored half his output in the first half. Pringle continued to power the Batang Pier in the second half. He scored 12 points in the third period and rounded out his scoring total to 50 with 13 points in the final quarter.
Columbian battled back from their double-digit deficit to cut the lead down to just eight points heading into the final period. But Pringle put the game away with back-to-back three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to increase the lead back to 14. He put the exclamation point in the game with a dunk late in the game to give GlobalPort a 19-point lead.
TNT KaTropa 91 – Meralco Bolts 85
The TNT KaTropa survived most of the second half without their import Joshua Smith and powered through with a big win over the Meralco Bolts. They pull to a tie with Meralco for third place at 7-3.
Smith had to leave the game with six minutes left in the third period as he was elbowed in the face during a rebound battle. He had to leave the game and be taken to a hospital. That left the KaTropa locals to fend for themselves in a close game. Terrence Romeo and Troy Rosario were able to build an eight point lead late in the third period but their offense went dry. Meralco was able to cut the lead to just four points early in the final period.
TNT decided to speed up the game. They got out to running as Rosario, Jericho Cruz and Yousef Taha scored six straight points to increase the lead to 10 points. Meralco scored four straight points to cut the lead down to single digits but TNT answered right back with eight straight from Jayson Castro, Don Trollano and Cruz to increase the lead to 14. They held on to their double digit lead the rest of the way. Troy Rosario led all scorers with 30 points on 63% shooting. Jayson Castro added 20 points off the bench.