PBA: Pringle returns and Northport stops TNT
Paul Lintag on May 29, 2019 06:31 PM
Unloading a barrage in the second half to pull away from the KaTropa, Northport won a third straight game in the mid-season joust, joining idle Blackwater on top of the standings with identical 3-0 records. (PBA)
Northport gets a huge boost on its way to an undefeated start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Batang Pier welcomed star guard Stanley Pringle to the fold and they proceeded to overwhelm TNT Wednesday at the MOA Arena, scoring a big 110-86 win.
Unloading a barrage in the second half to pull away from the KaTropa, Northport won a third straight game in the mid-season joust, joining idle Blackwater on top of the standings with identical 3-0 records.
“We almost played a perfect game, especially on defense. Grabe yung depensa namin on Terrence Jones. Sean, Mo, palitan sila eh. Talagang frinustrate nila yung high-scoring import,” head coach Pido Jarencio said.
“Ang mindset namin is to play good defense on Terrence Jones, the rest will follow. At the same time, ganda pa ng balik ni Stanley. Timing lang,” he added.
After getting surgery to remove bone spurs in his right foot, Pringle played in his first game of the Commissioner’s Cup.
In just a shade under 30 minutes, Pringle led Northport in scoring with 22 points.
The defense was also solid for the Batang Pier, limiting TNT’s overall production but especially that of import Terrence Jones.
Jones averaged 42 points entering the game and he went for only 17 this time around.
After Pringle, Northport also got solid offensive outings from rookie Robert Bolick (21 points) and import Prince Ibeh (18 points).
Troy Rosario actually led TNT in scoring with 22. The KaTropa dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
NorthPort 110 - Pringle 22, Bolick 21, Ibeh 18, Anthony 13, Lanete 12, Tautuaa 11, Elorde 9, Grey 2, Gabayni 2, Flores 0, Taha 0, Arana 0.
TNT 86 - Rosario 22, Pogoy 19, Jones 17, Castro 10, Heruela 5, Taha 4, Trollano 4, Semerad 3, Reyes 2, Williams 0, Golla 0, Miranda 0, Casino 0.
Quarterscores: 25-28, 43-44, 77-65, 110-86.
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