GlobalPort 102 – Kia 90
With their main gun, Terrence Romeo serving Gilas duty, Stanley Pringle stepped up and led the Batang Pier to their second win of the conference. The versatile guard put up 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Pringle and Murphey Holloway teamed up in the first quarter to give GlobalPort a seven-point lead. Holloway was dominant in the quarter, scoring 10 of his 29 points to open the game. He was like a running back just plowing into the lane and scoring in the paint. Pringle was his usual steady self, leading the Batang Pier offense and getting the ball into the right places to make plays.
New acquisition Mac Baracael also showed his wares. He scored 13 points off the bench and hit two three-pointers. His outside shot early in the fourth quarter gave the Batang Pier a 16-point lead, their biggest of the game. The Batang Pier were able to hold off the Picanto from that point on.
Rain or Shine 105 – TNT 73
Rain or Shine pounced on an undermanned TNT squad missing several players who were serving their time with Gilas. The KaTropa were missing Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy. The Elasto Painters were missing also missing Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan but they had enough firepower to demolish TNT.
Rain or Shine got double digit scoring outputs from five players led by J’Nathan Bullock with 20 points. Jericho Cruz and James Yap complimented their import scoring 14 and 10 points respectively with five three-pointers combined. Jewel Ponferada filling in for Almazan had 12 points and eight rebounds while Mark Borboran scored 11 points.
The Elasto Painters teamed up to go on a 14-2 run midway through the opening period to break the game wide open. They scored 30 points in the first quarter and limited TNT to just 14 points to take a double-digit lead. It was one that they would hold the rest of the way. The Rain or Shine defense limited TNT to just 27% shooting and 16 assists. They also forced 20 turnovers. In contrast, Rain or Shine shot a clean 43% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc.