Some small adjustments in its game finally snapped the losing streak and gave NorthPort a breath of fresh air.
The skidding Batang Pier found its rhythm early on and for a change held on to the sizable lead to book its 3rd win of the conference via 109-83 rout of off-form TNT.
With the win, NorthPort stayed alive in the race for playoff spots in the PBA Philippine Cup by improving to 3-6.
Stanley Pringle bucked a hurting knee and finished with a game-high 27 points on top of 9 rebounds as the Fil-Am guard led balanced attack that started in the 2nd period and continued on for the duration of the match.
The strong finish was in stark contrast of the way the team handled the closing period during its six-game skid, something that NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio took into account.
“Talo naman namin nu’ng last five or six games, breaks of the game. We’re not making our shots, then forcing our shots. Tapos iyung kalaban naman nakaka-shoot, turnovers namin,” said the fiery mentor.
“Ngayon naman, parang perfect game. First half hanggang second half finish strong talaga,” he added.
On the other hand, the loss snapped TNT’s five-game winning streak as the team finished the elimination round with a 7-4 record.
NorthPort 109 – Pringle 27, Anthony 14, Tautuaa 13, Taha 13, Flores 11, Grey 9, Bolick 8, Elorde 8, Lanete 6, Guinto 0, Sollano 0.
TNT 83 – Trollano 15, Washington 13, Pogoy 10, Cruz 7, Reyes 7, Castro 7, Rosario 6, Miranda 6, Taha 5, Williams 4, Golla 2, Semerad 1, Heruela 0, Carey 0, Casino 0.
Quarterscores: 22-16, 53-31, 82-61, 109-83.