Romeo returns to lead Globalport to a crucial win over ROS
Paul Lintag on May 26, 2017 06:41 PM
Globalport turned to Terrence Romeo in the clutch as the Batang Pier upset defending champion Rain or Shine to keep their playoff hopes alive in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
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Terrence Romeo came through in the clutch for Globalport Friday, leading the Batang Pier to a crucial 107-101 victory over defending champion Rain or Shine at the Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna.
The victory, Globalport's second straight, allowed the Batang Pier to stay in the playoff race of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup as the league's lone neon green team improved to 4-6, tied with idle Phoenix for 8th place.
Down by eight with five minutes to go, 86-94, Romeo anchored a Batang Pier rally as the two-time scoring champion played in his first game back from Gilas Pilipinas.
Romeo buried a three and converted on a layup as Globalport cut the lead to one, 96-97, with 2:28 left in the game.
Then, after import Justine Harper finally snatched the lead thanks to a pair of free throws, Romeo scored a booming trey to give the Batang Pier a 101-97 advantage in the final 1:20.
Romeo added two more free throws to his tally as Globalport managed to hold on despite losing an early 16-point advantage.
The dynamic point guard out of FEU pumped a game-high 26 points of 50 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and seven assists.
Harper added 19 for the Batang Pier while Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony came up with 15 points apiece.
Rain or Shine, who is holding on for dear life at 6th place with a 5-5 record, got 23 points from import Duke Crews.
James Yap was also effective for the Elasto Painters as the two-time league MVP fired 22 points off the bench in a losing effort.
GLOBALPORT 107 - Romeo 26, Harper 19, Pringle 15, Anthony 15, Pessumal 9, Cortez 8, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Grey 2, Paredes 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 101 - Crews 23, Yap 22, Cruz 14, Chan 10, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Tolomia 3, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0.
Quarters: 27-14, 48-44, 75-73, 107-101.
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