Published January 6, 2017 8:48pm
By RENEE FOPALAN
Terrence Romeo was sensational once again for GlobalPort. GMA News
The GlobalPort Batang Pier recovered from its end of year meltdown against Phoenix by defeating the Meralco Bolts, 97-89, on Friday.
“We needed that win. Bad experience last game; we were ahead we were not able to keep our composure,” said GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren. “We played within our system unlike the last game. With this win at least we’re still a game behind the second place team.”
The Batang Pier improved to 4-3 to tie Phoenix and Blackwater, behind TNT and Rain or Shine who share the second spot at 4-2. San Miguel, meanwhile, remain at the top of the standings at 5-1.
After seeing their 51-41 halftime lead shrink to just one heading into the final turn, 72-71, Terrence Romeo and Nino Canaleta conspired to give GlobalPort a 25-18 finishing kick to turn the Bolts away.
Romeo finished the game with 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Canaleta finished the game with 13 markers. Mike Cortez and Billy Mamaril added 12 points each, while JR Quinahan chiped in 11 markers.
Meralco relied on their starters for most of their points, with Reynel Hugnatan pacing the squad with 23 points. Jonathan Grey posted 18 points and six boards, while Chris Newsome tallied 16 points with 10 boards, three assists, and three steals. Cliff Hodge and Ed Daquioag finished the game with 12 points each.
It was Meralco’s fourth straight loss for a 2-5 card, placing them just above cellar dwellers Mahindra and NLEX, who sport identical 1-5 win-loss records. —JST, GMA News