They did it right the first time. It seemed like the Batang Pier made no mistake as it routed the struggling Floodbusters on their first game of the season.
GlobalPort held Mahindra scoreless in the early minutes of the opening period as they went on a 13-0 tear. Mallari ended the drought for Mahindra with a jumper to record their first two points of the season. But Batang Pier continued to wax hot as they settled for a 24-9 after 1.
Terrence Romeo’s 14 points in the second quarter is enough for his team to have a 46-28 cushion to end the first half. Alex Mallari top scored his team on his first game in a Mahindra uniform.
In the third period, the Batang Pier lead by as much as 27 points as almost every player on the floor scored, holding the poor shooting Mahindra team to just 45 points. The Floodbusters weren’t able to recover as they failed get their rhythm, bowing to Batang Pier in a 97-75 decision.
Fresh off the Adamson stint in the UAAP where he steered the Soaring Falcons to a Final Four finish, Coach Franz Pumaren got a sweet welcome from his new team as they went on to bring home the W.
Terrence Romeo back on his usual form as he paced the scoring with 29 points to go with 6 assists while backcourt partner Stanley Pringle finished with 16 markers. New recruits Canaleta and Quinahan settled for 9 and 10 points, respectively.
Mahindra’s Mallari, on the other hand, got a little help from his teammates as his 17 points went for a naught.
GLOBALPORT 97 – Romeo 29, Pringle 16, Quinahan 10, Canaleta 9, Pessumal 8, Aban 5, Pennisi 5, Semerad 5, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Saitanan 2, Cortez 0, Dehesa 0, Paredes 0.
MAHINDRA 75 – Mallari 17, Deutchman 14, Apinan 10, Celda 10, Escoto 6, Revilla 5, Yee 5, Digregorio 4, Arana 2, Eriobu 2, Salva 0, Paniamogan 0, Nimes 0, Galanza 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19, 46-28, 70-45, 97-75