NorthPort finally stepped out of the Phoenix Pulse haze and now has a spark to ignite its run to the PBA Governors Cup playoffs.
With every Batang Pier fielded in chipping in on both ends they carved out an 80-70 victory over the Fuel Masters in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special offering at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The win not only cut short NorthPort’s alarming four-game slide but also jacked its record to 2-4 that rekindled its chances for inclusion among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals.
It also arrested the Batang Pier’s five-game losing streak to the Fuel Masters since last season.
“Siguro, law of averages,” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio. “Di pa kami nanalo ever since last season kaya siguro it’s about time na manalo tayo.”
Jarencio reiterating some basic words to his players on the eve of the match also helped.
“In yesterday’s practice, sinabi ko sa kanila: ‘Let’s regroup, let’s refocus, iyung goals natin, iyung mind-set natin ayusin natin. Ano lang, one game at a time and then let’s make stops.’ Iyun lang,” related Jarencio.
NorthPort 80 – Tautuaa 16, Taha 14, Ammons 12, Lanete 11, Elorde 9, Ferrer 8, Bolick 5, Cruz 4, Anthony 1, Mercado 0, Escoto 0, King 0.
Phoenix Pulse 70 – Mallari 15, Phelps 14, Perkins 10, Garcia 9, Napoles 8, Jazul 6, Chua 2, Kramer 2, Marcelo 2, Dennison 2, Wright 0, Potts 0,
Quarterscores: 17-8, 38-31, 58-55, 80-70.