PBA: Northport outlasts no. 1 NLEX in 3 OTs to make semis
Paul Lintag on Nov 27, 2019 10:27 PM
The Batang Pier outlasted top-ranked NLEX in three overtimes, pulling off a historic win Wednesday at the Big Dome. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Northport needed extra, extra, extra time to advance in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.
The Batang Pier outlasted top-ranked NLEX in three overtimes, pulling off a historic 126-123 win Wednesday at the Big Dome.
Sean Anthony answered Kiefer Ravena with a go-ahead layup of his own, putting the Batang Pier up, 124-123. After Northport got a stop on the other end, Christian Standhardinger went perfect at the line, giving the Road Warriors 1.8 seconds left to force a fourth overtime.
The PBA didn’t see it’s first-ever fourth OT though as Ravena missed a final three at the buzzer.
WIth the win, Northport became only the fourth no. 8 seed to advance to the semifinals. The last team to do it was Powerade in the 2012 Philippine Cup. Ironically, the Tigers sold their franchise to the Batang Pier the following season.
Northport will take on Ginebra in the semifinals after the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Northport import Michael Qualls and Ravena trade 3/4 free throws in regulation that ended up forcing the first overtime.
During the first extra five minutes, the Batang Pier had a chance to win but Qualls missed a putback slam off as time expired.
Late in the second OT, Kevin Ferrer put Northport up three with a clutch triple but Philip Paniamogan answered that for NLEX, setting up a third extra session.
The Batang Pier had three 30-point scorers in the win led by Standhardinger who had 33 points and 23 rebounds.
Qualls also had a 30-20 line with 31 points and 21 boards. Game hero Sean Anthony finished with 30 points.
NLEX got 43 points from Manny Harris and 22 points from Kiefer Ravena in a losing effort.
After an 8-1 start, the top-ranked Road Warriors lost four straight to end the season. Three of those losses were to Northport.
NorthPort (126) — Standhardinger 33, Qualls 31, Anthony 30, Elorde 12, Taha 7, Ferrer 6, Lanete 4, Mercado 3.
NLEX (123) – Harris 43, Ravena 22, Quiñahan 13, Ighalo 12, Soyud 9, Paniamogan 8, Cruz 6, Taulava 6, Miranda 2, Fonacier 2, Alas 0.
Quarterscores: 24-27, 43-56, 70-74, 99-99, 108-108 (OT), 116-116 (2OT), 126-123 (3OT)
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