Sean Anthony sizzles as GlobalPort runs roughshod over Blackwater for second straight win

ByVictor Adea

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Sean Anthony started the game like a house on fire, raining 15 points in the opening quarter alone to lift Globalport into a coast-to-coast 101-76 win over the skidding Blackwater in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday night.

With Anthony leading the charge, the Batang Pier leaned on a second quarter frenzy, putting the clamps down on the Elite with a 33-14 spread to turn a narrow 28-23 lead to a monstrous 61-37 spread entering the break.

Globalport never looked behind since as it stretched the gap to as many as 31 points early in the fourth period en route to its second consecutive victory.

Playing without spitfire guard Terrence Romeo, the Batang Pier still managed to be a formidable force in the All Filipino conference as they now joined the party in the middle of the standings.

All with identical 2-2 marks, Globalport gained a share of fourth spot alongside Phoenix, Alaska, TNT and Rain or Shine.

Scored only three points in their last game against Rain or Shine, Anthony was on a mission this time with a game-high 22 points on top of 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Backstopping him are Stanley Pringle and Kelly Nabong with 17 and 16 markers, respectively. All players of coach Pido Jarencio racked up minutes and scored in the game with Jonathan Grey and Yousef Taha tallying 8 and 7 points, respectively, off the bench.

Rookie big men Lervin Flores and Joseph Gabayni also provided solid production with a combined 10 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Meanwhile, Mac Belo’s 17 points went for naught as Blackwater tasted its second loss in a row.

Pou Erram flirted with a triple double of 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks in also a losing effort for the Elite who slid at 2-3 card.

The scores:

GLOBALPORT 101 – Anthony 22, Pringle 17, Nabong 16, Grey 8, Taha 7, Gabayni 6, Juico 6, Araña 4, Elorde 4, Flores 4, Guinto 4, Sargent 3.

BLACKWATER 76 – Belo 17, DiGregorio 15, Sena 9, Erram 8, Jose 8, Pinto 8, Palma 6, Javier 3, Cruz 2, Banal 0, Cortez 0, Marcelo 0, Neypes 0, Sumang 0.

Quarters: 28-23, 61-37, 79-54, 101-76.