Romeo's 44 points tows Globalport into PBA playoffs
Paul Lintag on Jan 29, 2017 07:11 PM
Terrence Romeo set a new PBA career high as he leads the Globalport Batang Pier back to the Philippine Cup playoffs.
After losing a chance to claim the number 2 spot after back-to-back tough outings, Terrence Romeo made sure Globalport wasn't going to miss the playoffs altogether.
The PBA's leading scorer came through with a career-high 44 points as the Batang Pier punched their ticket to the 2017 Philippine Cup quarterfinals after a 117-99 rout of Rain or Shine Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Globalport finished its elimination round with a 6-5 mark. The Batang Pier now wait where they will end up in the final playoff seedings.
After Stanley Pringle fired 11 points in the third quarter allowing Globalport to break away from a 50-all count at the half, Romeo landed the knockout blow in the fourth, pouring 19 points in a furious offensive display that saw the Batang Pier score 42 points alone in the final 12 minutes.
Aside from his new PBA career-high, Romeo added six rebounds and six assists for a brilliant all-around performance. He also shot an even 53 percent from the field, 8-of-15 from two points, and 8-of-15 from deep.
Pringle scored 28 for the Batang Pier.
"I guess it was a Terrence Romeo-Stanley Pringle story. But of course, I guess you have to give credit also to our defense. Our guys were able to step up, we needed this game," head coach Franz Pumaren said.
"Right now we just have to wait with all the scenarios. Hopefully we can land in the best-of-3," he added.
As for the Elasto Painters, Rain or Shine has now lost three in a row for a 5-5 record, putting their post-season hopes in peril. To avoid further complications, they would have to win their regular season finale to advance.
Jeff Chan, who matched Romeo almost point-for-point in the fourth quarter, led ROS with 26 points.
GLOBALPORT 117 - Romeo 44, Pringle 28, Quinahan 11, Semerad 9, Pessumal 6, Canaleta 6, Maierhofer 4, Pennisi 3, Andrada 2, Cortez 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 0, Urbiztondo 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 99 - Chan 26, Washington 11, Yap 9, Cruz 9, Ponferada 8, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Tiu 7, Tolomia 5, Maiquez 4, Ahanmisi 3, Matias 3.
Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-50, 75-65, 117-99
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