The GlobalPort Batang Pier shrugged off its last year’s major meltdown against the Phoenix by defeating the Meralco Bolts this time, 97-89, to start their 2017 in a winning note, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After establishing a sixteen-point cushion at one point in the first half, it was like a deja vu for the Batang Pier as they let the Bolts to start a surge in the third canto and close the distance to within a point at 72-71. It was the Meralco neophyte Jonathan Grey, who paced the third quarter storm to finish the game with 18 points and six rebounds.
After Chris Newsome tied the ball game at 74-all in the first minutes of the fourth period, it was all GlobalPort as they proved to be steadier this time after outscoring the Bolts, 25-18, with scorching guard Terrence Romeo pouring 12 of his game-high 27 points.
Romeo’s teammates did not disappoint too as he got some help down the stretch from the timely baskets of Canaleta and Quinahan who tallied 13 and 11 markers, respectively. His backcourt partner Stanley Pringle, meanwhile, was held to only nine points.
With the win, the GlobalPort ended their short losing trip to two to improve to 4-3 slate while dealing the Bolts its fourth consecutive defeat and worsen its win-loss record to 2-5.
For the Meralco, it was the veteran big man Reynel Hugnatan who took the cudgels with 23 points and 5 boards. The Bolts shot only 38% from the field compared to Batang Pier’s 46%.
GLOBALPORT 97 – Romeo 27, Canaleta 13, Mamaril 12, Cortez 12, Quinahan 11, Pringle 9, Aban 9, Maierhofer 2, Paredes 2, Banal 0, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0
MERALCO 89 – Hugnatan 23, Grey 18, Newsome 16, Hodge 12, Daquioag 12, Buenafe 3, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Amer 1, Uyloan 0, Nabong 0, Ferriols 0
Quarterscores: 26-19, 51-41, 72-71, 97-89