NorthPort survived a tough stand by a hard-fighting Columbian side and had to lean on a late goal-tending call on Dyip import Lester Prosper as the Batang Pier escaped with a 110-108 victory in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rookie Robert Bolick missed on a tough lay-up with 2.8 seconds left on the game-clock but game officials decided to call a goal-tending violation on Prosper after the Columbian import appeared to have touched the rim while challenging Bolick’s shot.
Eric Camson missed on a potential game-tying basket as time expired.
“Medyo nag-struggle kami kasi wala si Sean, Paolo Taha. Mabigat yung wala si Sean Anthony,” said Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio. “Let’s give credit to the Columbian team. Talagang breaks of the game lang ang nangyari at nanalo tayo.”
It was a sorry loss for the Dyip who just 3 nights ago dragged powerhouse team San Miguel into extra period and eventually won 134-132 behind the scintillating performances of Prosper, rookie CJ Perez and former SMB reserve Rashawn McCarthy.
Columbian fell into a tie for last place with the NLEX Road Warriors with identical 2-7 records while NorthPort moved closer to securing a twice-to-beat incentive in the next round with an 8-2 card.
Moala Tautuaa paced the Batang Pier with 23 points, 5 boards and 6 assists while Bolick and Kevin Ferrer contributed 21 markers a-piece. Prince Ibeh and Nico Elorde added 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Prosper led the Dyip with 36 points while Perez added 29.
NorthPort 110 – Tautuaa 23, Bolick 21, Ferrer 21, Ibeh 17, Elorde 14, Mercado 7, Cruz 4, Lanete 2, Arana 1, Flores 0.
Columbian 108 – Prosper 36, Perez 29, McCarthy 16, Agovida 8, Khobuntin 6, Camson 5, Escoto 4, Cabrera 4, Cahilig 0, Gabriel 0, Faundo 0.
Quarterscores: 26-21, 52-50, 82-81, 110-108.