GlobalPort Batang Pier pounced on San Miguel Beer’s endgame miscues, grinding out a 98-94 victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Despite their import’s ejection early in the fourth quarter, the Batang Pier still managed to pull off the major upset in a game where they trailed by as much as 12 points, as they arrested a two-game skid and improved to an even 4-4 win-loss record.
The Beermen, on the other hand, who were riding a three-game winning streak prior to this match, dropped below the .500 mark with a 3-4 card.
Stanley Pringle led the GlobalPort locals with 22 points, eight assists, six boards, and three steals, coming up with a brilliant performace in the team’s all-Filipino run in the payoff period, including an assist to Nico Elorde, who sank a booming triple that broke the final deadlock, giving them a 95-92 lead with 48.1 seconds to go.
With San Miguel inching to within just a point, Pringle made another crucial play, as he forced a turnover off a Beermen inbound that paved way to a layup by Moala Tautuaa for a 97-94 advantage, before Elorde settled the final score with a split from the free throw line.
Malcolm White still emerged as GlobalPort’s top scorer, ending up with 25 points, on top of 10 rebounds and two blocks before exiting the game at the final 8:09 mark after getting called for two technical fouls.
Sean Anthony provided a near double-double production of 11 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Bradwyn Guinto and Mo Tautuaa added nine and eight markers, respectively for the Batang Pier.
Renaldo Balkman paced the defending champions with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and four blocks against seven turnovers. June Mar Fajardo chipped in 20 points and eight boards in the loss.
GLOBALPORT 98 – White 25, Pringle 22, Anthony 11, Guinto 9, Tautuaa 8, Grey 7, Elorde 6, Teng 3, Nabong 3, Sargent 2, Javelona 2.
SAN MIGUEL 94 – Balkman 33, Fajardo 20, Cabagnot 19, Santos 10, Lassiter 6, Santos 6, Rosser 0, Heruela 0, Pessumal 0, Standhardinger 0.
Quarter scores: 23-27, 47-51, 71-79, 98-94.