Its three newest acquisitions immediately made an impact for NorthPort Saturday.
It didn’t hurt any that Blackwater caught a very bad break. in the Petron Blaze Saturday Special.
The result was the Batang Pier traipsing to a cruising 127-99 victory over the hard-luck Elite that gave the former a share of the loftiest spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz both wound up with personal season-highs of 23 and 16 points, respectively, while Sol Mercado could only tie his with 14 in their first game for NorthPort since coming over from Barangay Ginebra in the Stanley Pringle trade last Tuesday.
Sean Anthony added his usual double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds while Robert Bolick narrowly missed a triple double with 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in propping the Batang Pier’s charge to a 7-1 slate and a tie with idle TNT at the top of the standings.