Batang Pier barge into win column

In a battle of winless teams in the 2020 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup the NorthPort Batang Pier finally tallied a victory with a 107-96 victory by beating the Terrafirma Dyip yesterday, Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena & Cultural Center Powered by Smart 5G.

Unheralded third-string point guard Renzo Subido came off the far end of the NorthPort bench to explode 12 points in the last four minutes to power the Batang Pier to victory.

The rookie Subido completed a three-point play, on a layup and free throw, to hike the NorthPort lead to six points, 92-86, with 4:34 left to play.

Subido then drained 3 three-pointers – to go with a triple by Kelly Nabong – to virtually seal the outcome of the match as NorthPort led by 14 points, 104-90, with less than two minutes to go in the game.

Subido is so new he is not even listed yet in the roster of NorthPort players in the official PBA website.

The win arrested a four-game losing streak and propelled NorthPort (1 win, 4 losses) to a tie at ninth place with the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok (1-4) and the NLEX Road Warriors (1-4).

Leading the standings are TNT Tropang Giga (5-0), Ginebra San Miguel (4-0) and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (3-1),

The other teams include the Alaska Aces (3-2), Meralco Bolts (3-2), Phoenix Super LPG (3-2), San Miguel Beer (2-2), Blackwater Elite (2-3) and Terrafirma (0-4).

Both NorthPort and Terrafirma are trying to avoid outright elimination because only 8 teams will advance to the Quarterfinals after the single round robin eliminations with the bottom 4 teams being eliminated.

Subido finished with 12 points, 5 assists and 1 steal.

Nabong was named Player of the Game by the TV panel. He finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist.

Subido gave his team an instant lift with his playmaking when he entered the game in the third. He took the floor with NorthPort trailing by four, 60-64, and engineered a 12-0 run which pushed NorthPort ahead, 72-64, with a minute left to play.

NorthPort eventually held a three-point, 74-71 advantage after three quarters.

NorthPort threatened to pull away early with Nabong converting a three-pointer to hike the Dyip deficit to 8 points, 19-27, with 57 seconds to go in the first. Philip Cahilig split his charities to cut the NorthPort lead to 7 points, 20-27 after the first quarter.

The Dyip almost caught up to NorthPort after CJ Perez converted a three-pointer to peg the count at 48-49 for NorthPort with 20 seconds to go in the second period.

NorthPort’s Paolo Taha countered with a jumper to extend the Dyip deficit to three points, 48-51, at halftime.

The scores:

NorthPort Batang Pier 107 – Christian Standhardinger 23, Kelly Nabong 18, Garvo Lanete 14, Renzo Subido 12, Paolo Taha 12, Kevin Ferrer 8, Sean Manganti 7, Bradwyn Guinto 6, Jervy Cruz 5, .

Terrafirma Dyip 96 – CJ Perez 25, Juami Tiongson 14, Roosevelt Adams 14, Rashawn McCarthy 9, Aldrech Ramos 9, Joseph Gabayni 6, JP Calvo 4, Christian Balagasay 2, Glenn Khobuntin 0, Jeepy Faundo 0.

Quarter scores: 27-20, 51-48, 74-71, 107-96.

Topics: 2020 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup , NorthPort Batang Pier , Terrafirma Dyip
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