PBA Friday: NorthPort steals Bolts’ thunder, Beermen trap Phoenix in a ‘headlock’

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Things literally got heated up in Friday night’s PBA Governors’ Cup double header.

The NorthPort Batang Pier finally got hot and won their second straight game, while another San Miguel import was caught guilty of putting another player in a headlock.

FOX Sports Philippines gives you highlights of what went down in last night’s games.

NorthPort finally puts up a fight

Although plagued by deficiencies on the defensive end all season, NorthPort is loaded with guys who can put up points on the board in a hurry.

The trio of Sean Anthony (26 points), Stanley Pringle (24) and import Rashad Woods (20) finally got their act together at the same time and ran roughshod over the skidding Meralco Bolts, 99-94.

Mo Tautuaa also imposed his presence inside, adding 14 markers and 8 boards on 4-6 shooting.

The team only shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from three, but made up for it by sinking their free-throws when it mattered the most by nailing 19-22 attempts from the charity stripe (86 percent).

 Going for the jugular


In their previous games, NorthPort usually held leads over their opponents after three quarters, only to play lackadaisical in the fourth and eventually lose the contest.

After starting out 0-6, Coach Pido Jarencio’s boys finally got the memo and kept their foot on the gas pedal, preventing Meralco from taking the lead back in the final canto.

Although outplayed in categories like total team rebounds (45-40), assists (27-15), and second chance points (17-11), Batang Pier still came through in the end thanks to timely baskets by Anthony and Pringle.

With three more games remaining, NorthPort still has a fighting chance of earning perhaps the last playoff spot if they manage to get past Rain or Shine, San Miguel, and Alaska.

Durham needs help

Allen Durham’s broad shoulders must be sore as hell right now; given how he has been putting the team on his back since the Fiba Asia Champions Cup last month.

The 30-year-old reinforcement once again put on his cape and tallied game-highs of 37 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 assists, only to succumb to yet another stinging defeat.

Cliff Hodge, Mike Tolomia, and Chris Newsome pulled their weight, but the rest of Norman Black’s wards played uninspired basketball all night.

Total blackout for the Bolts

After finishing as runners-up in last two Governors’ Cups, it appears that the Meralco Bolts won’t even get to the playoffs this year.

After an opening day victory against the still winless Columbian Dyip, things went downhill for the Bolts.

Their difficulties seem to come from their inability to hit the long ball as they currently own the worst three-point shooting percentage in the league at 27 percent.

The Bolts must win their last four games against NLEX, Magnolia, Rain or Shine, and SMB to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Murphy escapes a flagrant 2


The San Miguel Beermen handily beat the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 117-100 in last night’s main event and put an end to their three game slide.

But the biggest surprise came in under the four minute mark of the final quarter, when Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva and SMB import Calvin Murphy figured in a scuffle which ended with ‘The Beast’ trapped in what appeared to be a tight headlock.

Despite the severity of the incident, Murphy was only assessed with a flagrant foul one and was allowed to finish the game. He produced 26 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Abueva ended with 13 markers, six boards, and five dimes.

Underappreciated ‘Bulldozer’

After watching Christian Standhardinger in multiple international events in the past months, most fans already know what they are going to get out of the 6-foot-8 Fil-German powerhouse.

In seven games so far in the Govs’ Cup, Standhardinger has been averaging import-like numbers of 26.57 points and 11.29 rebounds for head coach Leo Austria while shooting a remarkable 67 percent from the field.

The pony-tailed banger had another field day last night, torching the Fuel Masters with another strong double-double of 29 markers and 14 boards to go along with two blocked shots.

Lassiter outguns Wright

Two of the PBA’s great marksmen faced off last night, as Team Pilipinas gunners Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright figured in an entertaining shoot-out.

However, it was the former who dazzled for 48 minutes, as ‘Super’ Marcio bagged Player of the Game honors after firing 26 points (5-11 from deep) complimented by six rebounds and eight assists.

Wright, meanwhile, had a rough shooting night and finished with 11 points on 4-15 shooting from the field. He missed five of his total seven tries from downtown.

As a team, San Miguel made 15 of their 41 attempts from three (36 percent), while Phoenix drilled nine of their 25 tries (36 percent).

Another Vice Ganda sighting

Wearing an identical Gucci headband previously rocked by Phoenix import Eugene Phelps, ‘It’s Showtime’ host Vice Ganda was again visible in the stands to show his support for Abueva.

His presence, however, did not help Phoenix’s chances, as coach Louie Alas’ troops played sloppy all night, turning the ball over 26 times which resulted into 34 points for the Beermen.

Ironically, Phoenix also appeared to be low in fuel last night, as San Miguel also had more fast break points, 21-15.

Phelps continued his bid for Best Import of the Conference by putting up another monster double-double of 37 points and 26 rebounds.

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