TERRENCE Romeo caught fire at the right time, while Stanley Pringle unleashed monster numbers to carry GlobalPort to an overtime 105-91 win over Barako Bull in the 2015 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
With the game tied at 87-all, the spitfire scorer scored five crucial points on back-to-back jumpers, finishing with a trey from the right elbow with 2:14 left in the overtime period to give the Batang Pier a much-needed 92-87 cushion.
Willie Wilson made two free throws with 1:09 left to inch Barako Bull to within one possession, 89-92, but big man Jay Washington countered with a huge trey from the left elbow with 49 seconds left to ice the win for GlobalPort, stretching the gap to a safe six points, 95-89,
Overall, GlobalPort erupted for 20 points in the extension, eight of which came from Romeo, compared to only four for Barako Bull, to emphatically end the game despite a downer of a finish in regulation, wherein the Energy was able to force overtime on a last-second shot.
Pringle produced huge numbers of 19 points and 17 rebounds on top of five assists to lead the way for GlobalPort, while Romeo totaled a game-high 21 points and four assists despite coming off a flu a few days prior to the game.
GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio praised his prolific 1-2 backcourt punch for a job well done.
‘’Crucial iyong mga points ni Terrence nu’ng overtime kasi that gave us a five-point lead. Hindi kagandahan inilaro niya nu’ng start kasi kagagaling lang sa trangkaso niyan, kaya limited muna minutes niya, pero naka-recover naman siya,’’ said Jarencio. ‘’Si Stanley (Pringle) naman consistent lagi ‘yan for us. We expect that from him.’’
GlobalPort is now tied with San Miguel Beer for fourth place, sharing identical 2-1 starts, while Barako Bull fell to 1-2.
‘’Extra effort lang kami nu’ng overtime. It was a total team effort,’’ added Jarencio.
JC Intal sent the game into overtime after knocking down a tough turnaround fadeaway jumper over Keith Jensen at the buzzer to make it 85-all at the end of regulation.
However, the Energy wasn’t able to capitalize on the momentum it gained from Intal’s last-second shot as the Batang Pier kept their poise and composure to dominate in overtime.
Intal and Wilson each had 17 points to lead Barako Bull.
GLOBALPORT 105 – Romeo 21, Pringle 19, Kramer 14, Yeo 13, Washington 11, Maierhofer 9, Jensen 8, Sumang 4, Mamaril 2, Taha 2, Uyloan 2, Pena 0.
BARAKO 91 – Intal 17, Wilson 17, Cruz 13, Lanete 13, Fortuna 9, Garcia 8, Urbiztondo 7, Pennisi 6, Baracael 4, Miranda 0, Sorongon 0, Monfort 0.
Quarters: 29-18, 45-42, 66-69, 85-85, 105-91
(Philsports Arena, Pasig City):
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7 p.m. – San Miguel vs. Blackwater