NORTHPORT turned back Meralco, 99-94, at the PBA Governor’s Cup on Friday.
Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony scored the crucial baskets late in the game as Northport withstood Meralco’s late run on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
From a close 90-88 lead down to the last 1:28 remaining, the Batang Pier responded with a resounding 10-3 run highlighted by the big three-pointer of Pringle and Anthony to establish a safe 98-91 advantage with only a few seconds remaining before securing their back-to-back wins.
“The players really worked hard for this win defensively and offensively,” said Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio. “I can’t say anything about their performance. It’s a total team effort and I’m still hoping we can still make it by winning our last three remaining games. We’ll take it one game at a time.”
Despite Allen Durham’s last three points from a lay-up and split charity, the Batang Pier were out of reach in the waning seconds as Rashad Woods just made one of his two free throws to peg the final count.
Anthony scattered 26 points on top of three steals before fouling out with only a few seconds left in the game while Pringle sizzled with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Batang Pier, who improved to a 2-6 win-loss record for ninth place.
Woods made all 20 points in the second half and Moala Tautuaa contributed 14 points plus eight rebounds also for Northport.
“I talked to him (Rashad Woods) at halftime because he was zero in the first half. We need more productions from him because he is our import. I’m happy that he helped us,” added Jarencio.
Northport established a comfortable 82-69 cushion late in the third period, but Meralco refused to bow down easily as it came within two, 88-90, behind Chris Newsome’s two free throws near the last two-minute mark.
Pringle and Anthony, however, joined forces to stop Meralco.
Durham scored 37 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out seven assists, but it wasn’t enough to save the Bolts from losing six straight games for a 1-6 win-loss record.
NorthPort 99 – Anthony 26, Pringle 24, Woods 20, Tautuaa 14, Elorde 4, Arana 4, Espinas 2, Gabayni 2, Javelona 2, Taha 1, Fortuna 0, Guinto 0, Grey 0.
Meralco 94 – Durham 37, Tolomia 18, Newsome 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 5, Salva 4, Canaleta 3, Caram 2, Lanete 0, Amer 0, Ballesteros 0, Atkins 0, Jamito 0.
Quarters: 22-21, 46-41, 74-69, 99-94.
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