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NorthPort barges into the Quarterfinals with big win over Ginebra

by Reynald Magallon, November 17, 2019 9:04pm

The NorthPort Batang Pier scored a big win over the Ginebra San Miguel, 98-96, and barge into the Quarterfinals while eliminating the Rain or Shine Elastopainters in the process in the 2019 Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Michael Qualls put up 30 points and 13 rebounds while Christian Standhardinger and Sean Anthony chipped in 17 and 18 markers respectively.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair as the Batang Pier were holding on to a one point lead, 84-83 with 7:28 to go.

A Joe Devance long bomb shoved Ginebra ahead but Sean Anthony quickly retaliated with a trey of his own. Scottie Thompson tied the game with a split from the foul line but Qualls, Christian Standhardinger and Paolo Taha conspired for a 6-0 spurt to stretch the lead six, 93-87 with 4:37 remaining in the game.

Ginebra, however, roared back with a 5-0 counter courtesy of Stanley Pringle and Japeth Aguilar baskets come within one, 93-92. Taha replied with a layup and foul shot before Standhardinger scored on a breakaway to restore a five point cushion, 97-92 in Northport's favor

Brownlee and LA Tenorio however drained back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit down to just one once again 97-96 with 1:37 left. Both teams then came up dry on their next offensives before Ginebra was left with 14 seconds to come up with a shot to tie or win the game.

Justin Brownlee and Aguilar though missed their potential game-tying attempts as  Taha stretched the lead to two with a split from the foul line and seal the deal for the Batang Pier.

Brownlee paced the Kings with 31 points while Pringle added 18 marker although those weren't enough as they round out their eliminations with a loss.

With the victory, the Batang Pier (5-6) secured a spot in the playoffs although their place and their opponents is yet to be determined. Ginebra meanwhile finished the eliminations with a 7-4 record, although they are already assured of a twice to beat advantage in the playoffs.

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