In a battle between two winless teams, it was the NorthPort Batang Pier that claimed their first victory of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup with a 118-101 decision against the Columbian Dyip, Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The Batang Pier barely needed the help of their usually high-scoring import as Stanley Pringle and Moala Tautuaa both scored 26 points while Sean Anthony added 25 markers off the bench.
NorthPort used a huge fourth quarter to surge ahead as they outscored Columbian 32-12 to claim the victory.
Up until the dying moments of the third quarter, Columbian looked like it was poised to score its first win as they led 89-81 with 41 seconds left after a basket from Jackson Corpuz. However, NorthPort rallied behind Tautuaa's seven straight points to start the final period.
They extended their advantage into double-digits, 104-94, midway through the fourth after a triple from Anthony. Things turned for the worse for Columbian as Corpuz was called for an unsportsmanlike foul with 4:42 remaining in the game, taking him out of the contest from three crucial minutes.
With one less defender to worry about, the Batang Pier broke the game wide open with Anthony and Pringle hitting triples to extend their lead to its largest at 116-94.
NorthPort rose to 1-6 to keep their already dim playoff hopes still alive somehow while Columbian fell to 0-8.
The loss wasted another tremendous performance from Jerramy King who had 29 points in the game alongside 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Rashawn McCarthy added 16 markers while Russell Escoto chipped in 14.
Anthony was selected the Best Player of the Game as he also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals to NorthPort's cause.
NorthPort 118 - Pringle 26, Tautuaa 26, Anthony 25, Woods 13, Taha 10, Elorde 7, Gabayni 3, Espinas 2, Guinto 2, Grey 2, Flores 2, Teng 0, Fortuna 0, Javelona 0.
Columbian 101 - King 29, McCarthy 16, Escoto 14, Corpuz 13, Wright 10, Khobuntin 5, Cahilig 4, Celda 3, Sara 3, Gabriel 2, Reyes 2.
Quarters: 24-25, 53-50, 86-89, 118-101
- NorthPort import Rashad Woods, who was averaging better than 31 points per game into the match, was largely quiet with only 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Woods' Columbian counterpart Akeem Wright did even worse with 10 points on 3 of 19 shooting from the field.
NorthPort - October 12 versus Meralco Bolts at the Mall of Asia Arena
Columbian - October 17 versus Alaska Aces at the Cuneta Astrodome