NorthPort wins again

January 20, 2019

NORTHPORT is finding new ways to win.

After riding on the heroics of rookie Robert Bolick in his debut, NorthPort relied on veterans Sean Anthony and Moa Tautuaa to  roll  back NLEX, 95-90, for its second straight win in th PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Anthony produced a strong game with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five assists, while Tautuaa added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Batang Pier’s second straight impressive  win and an  early share of the lead with  the Phoenix Pulse.

“Two-zero (record), pero malayo pa. But this is a  big morale booster for the team, sa mga players, sa  coaching  staff, sa lahat,” said N orthPort coach Pido Jarencio.

“Total  team effort  uli. Yung NLEX, matibay-tibay na team  tapos tinalo  namin,” added   Jarencio.

Bolick, the   No. 3 pick overall  by NorthPort, also had a fitting follow-up  to  his  26-point,  three-rebound, three-assist performance in the Batang Pier’s 117-91 win  over Blackwater last Wednesday.

This time, the former San Beda standout had 14 points and two rebounds in  nearly  33 minutes.

Bolick scored six points in a crucial strech in the fourth quarter, hitting a pul-up jump shot  that put the Batang Pier ahead, 79-73, added a three-pointer  for an 89-84 lead with 3:39 left and split his free  throws for 92-87 advantage with1:50 remaining.

Stanley Pringle, who finished second  to  June  Mar Fajardo in the  MVP race  last year,  added 11 points, six  rebounds ansd four assists.

J.P. Erram  led NLEX  with 18 points and  seven  rebounds, while JR Quinanhan added 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Bong  Galanza and Philip Paniamogan  had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in  the  Road Warriors’ second staight setback.

The scores:

NorthPort  (95) --  Anthony 22, Tautuaa 18, Bolick 14, Pringle 11, Taha 9, Elorde 8, Arana 4, Guinto 3, Flores 2,  Lanete 2, Grey 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.

NLEX  (90) -- Erram 19, Quinahan 18, Galanza 11, Paniamogan 10, Magat 8, Tallo 7, Fonacier 5, Baguio 4, Ighalo 2, Alas 2, Soyud 2, Porter 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0.

Quarterscores: 25-22, 48-46, 71-70, 95-90.