Despite falling short of slinging down league leader TNT, GlobalPort import Mike Glover relished seeing his teammates getting their acts together to prevent a deflating beatdown.
Though entering Wednesday’s game with a 3-game winning streak, the Batang Pier was caught napping in the first half as Katropa cruised past to an early big lead that grew as much as 24.
But with Glover getting offensive aid from GlobalPort’s 1-2 combo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, they managed to scare Katropa up until the dying seconds.
“It’s good to see we were able to reverse the beatdown, we still managed to pull it through despite being down by that much and able to tie the game in the last minute of the game,” said Glover moments after their heartbreaking 2-point loss.
For him, it only proves that GlobalPort has already moved on from their 4-game losing skid to start their campaign.
“That just shows how we much we mature over the past few games,” he added.
The Bronx, New York native dominated his counterpart Mychal Ammons, who struggled due to an early foul trouble, as he finished with game-high 38 points to go with 18 rebounds. Ammons was limited to 7 markers and 11 rebounds.
Treating their fifth loss as a learning lesson, the Iona standout vows to make up for it should they advance and meet TNT again in the playoffs.
“I just tried do as much as I can to beat an elite team like TNT but we came up short, but now we know what to do down the line in the future if we play TNT again,” Glover said.
GlobalPort’s last three games are all must-wins now to crack the playoffs. The Batang Pier will still face Alaska, NLEX, who are still in the running for a playoff berth, and cellar-dweller Blackwater. – By Jason Mercene
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