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.
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.