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NorthPort hands TNT 24-point beating in Pringle's return

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Pringle and Bolick keep Northport unbeaten (2:24)

Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick delivered a combined 43 points for NorthPort in a 110-82 drubbing of TNT KaTropa. (2:24)

The NorthPort Batang Pier continued its hot start as they cruised to a 110-86 drubbing of previously unbeaten TNT KaTropa Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

NorthPort trailed by three midway through the third, 62-65, before going on a 21-0 blitz bridging the third and fourth quarters to surge ahead 83-65.

The Batang Pier's offense remained scorching hot throughout the game, hitting 53.8 percent of their field goals.

The backcourt tandem of Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick delivered a combined 43 points for NorthPort, with 22 coming from last year's MVP runner-up, who was making his conference debut.

The rookie Bolick meanwhile had himself a great fourth quarter, scoring 13 in the payoff period, including 11 straight.

KaTropa import Terrence Jones, who had been on a tear with back-to-back 40-point games, was held to just 17 in their first loss in three outings.

Jones, who faced multiple defenders by a defensive-minded tactic of Jarencio, was held to just 5-of-15 shooting, including coughing up six turnovers.

The former Rocket, Pelican, and Buck was saddled with foul trouble, incurring four fouls, including a technical foul at the 39.5-second mark of the third for second motion against opposing guard Nico Elorde.

Troy Rosario led TNT's offense with 22 points and eight rebounds.

"We almost played a perfect game especially on defense on Terrence Jones. They frustrated a high-scoring import. Our mindset was really fixed on containing Terrence Jones," said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio.

EXTRA DRIBBLES

  • NorthPort seems to have TNT's number as they dealt them the two worst losses in the Bong Ravena/Mark Dickel era.

  • This era's worst loss for the KaTropa came also at the hands of the Batang Pier, losing by 26 in the Philippine Cup last Mar. 24.

  • Pringle made his Commissioner's Cup debut following successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his foot.

THE SCORES

  • NorthPort (110) -- Pringle 22, Bolick 21, Ibeh 18, Anthony 13, Lanete 12, Tautuaa 11, Elorde 9, Grey 2, Gabayni 2, Flores 0, Taha 0, Arana 0.

  • TNT (86) -- Rosario 22, Pogoy 19, Jones 17, Castro 10, Heruela 5, Taha 4, Trollano 4, Semerad 3, Reyes 2, Williams 0, Golla 0, Miranda 0, Casino 0.

  • Quarter Scores: 25-28, 43-44, 77-65, 110-86.

NEXT GAMES

  • NorthPort: Saturday, June 1 vs Brgy. Ginebra, 6:45pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

  • TNT: Sunday, June 2 vs Phoenix, 6:45pm at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.