PBA: Northport fights off All-Filipino NLEX for 2-0 start

Paul Lintag on May 26, 2019 06:37 AM
PBA: Northport fights off All-Filipino NLEX for 2-0 start
For the second straight conference this season, Northport started with a 2-0 record. The challenge for the team now is to no suddenly drop off a cliff. The Batang Pier lost six straight after a 2-0 start in the All-Filipino.

Northport maintains its solid start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Batang Pier got their second straight win in the mid-season joust, holding off NLEX Saturday at the Big Dome, 83-79.

Tied at 79, Sean Anthony scored on a follow to give Northport a two-point lead with 16 seconds to go.

The Batang Pier then got a stop on the other end and Anthony sealed the win with another two free throws.

For the second straight conference this season, Northport started with a 2-0 record. The challenge for the team now is to no suddenly drop off a cliff. The Batang Pier lost six straight after a 2-0 start in the All-Filipino.


“NLEX is a tough team and at the same time, coach yeng is a tough coach. Ang hirap din talaga talunin,” said head coach Pido Jarencio.

“Breaks of the game lang. May import kami [sila wala] pero down the wire. But a win is a win,” he added.

Down eight at the break, Northport found some offense in the third to help turn the game in their favor.

In the fourth quarter, the Batang Pier hit some timely shots to escape a fighting NLEX crew that played without import Curtis Washington.

Five players finished in double figures for Northport led by rookie Robert Bolick with 18. Game hero Sean Anthony added 17 while import Prince Ibeh was good for 15 points and 19 rebounds.

The Road Warriors got 18 from Kenneth Ighalo.

NLEX went All-Filipino after Washington proved ineffective in the team’s first loss to TNT. The Road Warriors are waiting on original selection Tony Mitchell to suit up.


The Scores:

NorthPort 83 - Bolick 18, Anthony 17, Ibeh 15, Tautuaa 14, Taha 10, Elorde 6, Grey 3, Lanete 0, Gabayni 0.

NLEX 79 - Ighalo 18, Soyud 12, Galanza 11, Erram 10, Fonacier 7, Tiongson 6, Paniamogan 5, Magat 4, Paredes 2, Baguio 2, Lao 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0, Tallo 0.

Quarters: 18-25, 35-43, 59-57, 83-79.


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