The GlobalPort Batang Pier ended their losing streak in spectacular fashion as they defeated the defending champion San Miguel Beermen, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday evening.
Stanley Pringle delivered 17 of his 22 points in the second half to power the Batang Pier in the come-from-behind win. He also had eight assists and three steals, one of which allowed GlobalPort to get a three-point cushion late in the game.
The Neon Nation was saved by key buckets from Nico Elorde and Mo Tautuaa. With 48 seconds remaning, Elorde hit a crucial three pointer to give his team a 95-92 lead. San Miguel was able to score on the next possession but Tautuaa answered with a layup off of a Pringle-forced San Miguel turnover.
The Batang Pier had to play the final 8:09 of the game without an import as Malcolm White was ejected on a second technical foul. He contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds before exiting the game.
However, tragedy also struck San Miguel when Renaldo Balkman tweaked his ankle with 4:57 left in the game. He was able to return to the game with about a minute left in the game but committed a crucial error that left the Beermen without a comeback.
Balkman had a near-triple double output of 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists but also tallied seven turnovers.
June Mar Fajardo added 20 points for San Miguel while Alex Cabagnot finished with 19. Their two other stars, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter struggled from the field, only combining for 12 points on 3-for-16 shooting.
Sean Anthony was the only other Batang Pier in double figures with 11 points. But every player who was fielded in by Coach Pido Jarencio was able to contribute points.
The team effort allowed GlobalPort to bounce back from back-to-back losses while ending San Miguel's three-game winning streak.
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.
Quarters: 23-27, 47-51, 71-79, 98-94
- According to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon, the last time GlobalPort won over San Miguel was back in the 2016 Governor's Cup when a Mike Glover-reinforced Batang Pier defeated AZ Reid and the Beermen, 98-92.
- Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle saw action for their respective teams just two days after getting eliminated from the FIBA 3X3 World Cup 2018. Standhardinger was held scoreless, missing all four of his field goal attempts in 11.5 minutes of action.
- Both teams struggled from three-point range. GlobalPort shot 5-for-22 while San Miguel was 4-for-24. The Batang Pier led points in the paint, 64-52.
San Miguel versus TNT on June 16 (Saturday) at the Mall of Asia Arena
GlobalPort versus Phoenix on June 20 (Wednesday) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum