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PBA Highlights: GlobalPort Gets Uplifted by New Recruits and Ceased the Meralco's Winning Streak

The GlobalPort Batang Pier’s new recruits didn’t fail in their first game in the conference as they stunned the leading Meralco Bolts, 94-86, in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

A former NBA D-League player and GlobalPort's new import Justin Harper, who happened to arrive in Manila a few hours before the game, scored a huge 30 points and 9 rebounds in the match.

Sean Anthony along with Bardwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey landed for GlobalPort from a four-team trade last weekend, impressively made 18 big points and eight rebounds.

Guinto contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds, while Grey had 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Stanley Pringle in the last quarter scored consecutive points coming from a free throws and pushed the lead to GlobalPort. He also handed a tough layup resulting to a 91-86 score with 36 ticks left and manage to get their third win against the league-leading Bolts (7-2), that was only their second defeat in the conference. Pringle came up with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the game making the Batang Pier's standing rose up (3-6).

Even without the presence of the star guard Terrence Romeo, who currently is in training for Gilas Pilipinas, GlobalPort managed to fight hard and snapped a win.

Alex Stepheson had a monster output of 19 points and 27 rebounds for Meralco. The Bolts' defeat from Batang Pier broke the three-game winning streak.

The Scores:

GLOBALPORT 94 - Harper 30, Anthony 18, Pringle 16, Cortez 13, Guinto 8, Grey 3, Pessumal 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 2, Forrester 0, Urbiztondo 0.

MERALCO 86 - Stepheson 19, Chua 16, Dillinger 14, Amer 11, Newsome 8, Uyloan 6, Daquioag 2, Hodge 2, Yeo 2, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Nabong 2, Faundo 0.

Quarterscores: 26-25, 43-42, 61-65, 94-86.
  (courtesy: youtube/Sports5)

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