GlobalPort's chances of scoring an upset against the defending champion San Miguel Beermen in their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup clash Wednesday looked dim when their import Malcolm White was ejected from the game with still eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The score was 85-80 for SMB after a basket from Renaldo Balkman and White was called for a technical foul due to second motion as he hit SMB's import while going for the block. It was his second one as he was also assessed a technical foul in the first half for using profane language.
White finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds while also helping out on defense as he was their main defender on June Mar Fajardo. However, he was reduced to a spectator as the locals had to fend for themselves against a powerhouse SMB squad in the end game.
GlobalPort ended the game on an 18-9 run after getting key contributions from Stanley Pringle, Nico Elorde, Kelly Nabong, and Moala Tautuaa.
After the game, White celebrated with his teammates as they entered the dugout.
"My team, they played hard even if I was thrown out of the game," said White before they left the Mall of Asia Arena. "I knew my teammates would continue to play hard because we worked really hard this week. We were really determined to beat San Miguel. They kept playing, kept fighting and I believed in them."
Batang Pier's last game was last June 2, losing to the Alaska Aces. Since they had a long break, GlobalPort's management decided to have a team-building activity which helped the squad.
"The team building helped us a lot. We got to know each other more. In practice, you practice and chat a little but then everyone goes their own way. It was nice to just chill and hang out with each other for a whole day," the import explained. "It helped because it brought us closer together, even the coaches, and management"
Although White was frustrated with the calls, he admitted that he could have done a better job of keeping himself in check.
"I was a little upset about the calls but it's basketball. When you're in the heat of the moment, you do things and you say things but I got to do a better job of controlling my emotions on the court," he added.
"I'm proud of my teammates to get this win especially with where we are in the standings. This win was big for us. Now we can narrow it down to our last three games and hopefully, we can go undefeated and slide to a good spot in the playoffs."