ANTIPOLO --This time, Northport Batang Pier can’t be denied.
Stung by a heartbreaking loss to Talk N Text in a game where they led by as many as 23 points, the Batang Pier made sure it will be a happy ending against Columbian Dyip.
Mo Tautuaa, Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony delivered as NorthPort defeated Columbian, 118-101, to finally claim the elusive first win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center here Saturday.
Tautuaa finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Pringle added 26 points and seven assists and Anthony contributed 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and six steals in the Batang Pier’s first win after six losses.
Import Rashad Woods also produced good numbers with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s about time that the breaks of the game went our way,” said NorthPort coah Pido Jarencio.
“Law of averages na din. Six straight losses, tapos tatlo doon, almost. Sabi ko na lang sa team, tignan na lang natin ‘yung mga positives.”
Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy led Columbian’s losing effort.
King had 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals while McCarthy had 16 points.
The game was close for three quarters and the score was still tied at 93-all when Tautuaa and Anthony combined n a game-changing 80 run that put the Batang Pier ahead for good, 101-93.
Anthony also hit a dagger three to make it 104-93.
The Dyip never recovered from there.
Meanwhile, defendng champion Barangay Ginebra looks for its seventh win in eight matches when it takes on slumping Meralco in another out-of-town encounter at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Arena.
Riding the momentum of last Friday’s inspiring 106-92 win over NLEX, the Gin Kings set out as the heavy favorites against the Bolts in the 6:45 p.m. rematch of the two teams that clashed in the finals of the season-ending conference for the last two years.
An added attraction is the battle between Justin Brownlee of Ginebra and Allen Durham of Meralco -- the same imports when these two teams clashed in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Governors’ Cup.
At 1-4, the Bolts are now hard-pressed to win more games they could in order to make the playoffs.
NorthPort (118) -- Tautuaa 26, Pringle 26, Anthony 25, Woods 13, Taha 10, Elorde 7, Gabayni 3, Espinas 2, Guinto 2, Grey 2, Flores 2, Teng 0, Fortuna 0, Javelona 0.
Columbian (101) -- King 29, McCarthy 16, Escoto 14, Corpuz 13, Wright 10, Khobuntin 5, Cahilig 4, Celda 3, Sara 3, Gabriel 2, Reyes 2.
Quarterscores: 24-25, 53-50, 86-89, 118-101.