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.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.