Romeo's big day drives Batang Pier past NLEX
Paul Lintag on Jan 13, 2017 06:21 PM
Romeo scored a season-high 22 points in the first half, leading the charge for Globalport as the PBA's lone neon green team took over solo third as of posting time.
Friday the 13th typically casts fear on many people due to its notorious reputation of bringing bad luck.
However, it seems like the Batang Pier are immune to such curses.
Behind yet another big scoring performance from the dynamic Terrence Romeo, Globalport zoomed past the NLEX Road Warriors, 110-96, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the MOA Arena.
The win gave the Batang Pier their second for the year for a 5-3 mark but more importantly, Globalport is now 3-0 in Friday the 13th games (per chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III), a nice statistic if you're into that kind of stuff.
Romeo scored a season-high 22 points in the first half, leading the charge for Globalport as the PBA's lone neon green team took over solo third as of posting time. The reigning two-time scoring champion finished with 32 to go along with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.
For the second straight game, the Batang Pier raced to a big advantage, leading by as much as 21 points in the third, 82-61, before losing it in the fourth quarter.
However, for the second straight game, Globalport flashed maturity after the Road Warriors got to within eight, 86-94, recovering just in time to post a 14-point victory.
"Good win for us, we all know the coming games are very difficult on our part, we'll be playing San Miguel, Rain or Shine, and TNT. At least this is a buffer for us and one thing that I really appreciate right now with my team is they're beginning to accept their respective roles," head coach Franz Pumaren said.
"At least Global now is playing aggressive defense, that's what is keeping us afloat right now," he added as to their keys to winning aside from the usual scoring explosions from Romeo.
With Terrence taking a backseat following a brilliant opening salvo, Stanley Pringle took control in the second half, scoring 16 of his 20 points for the game. He also finished with five boards and seven dimes for good measure. JR Quinahan added 18 and Papot Paredes scored 13 for Globalport as reserves.
NLEX, who lost its sixth game by double digits this season, got 19 points from Carlo Lastimosa. Kevin Alas and Sean Anthony posted 16 apiece for the now 2-6 Road Warriors.
GLOBALPORT 110 - Romeo 32, Pringle 20, Quinahan 18, Paredes 13, Pessumal 10, Canaleta 6, Cortez 4, Aban 4, Urbiztondo 3, Saitanan 0, Maierhofer 0, Mamaril 0.
NLEX 96 - Lastimosa 19, Alas 16, Anthony 16, Guinto 13, Camson 9, Lanete 9, Soyud 5, E. Villanueva 4, Baracael 2, Monfort 2, Rios 1, J. Villanueva 0, Taulava 0, Gotladera 0, Khobuntin 0.
Quarterscores: 21-16, 50-38, 82-65, 110-96
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