Rookie Robert Bolick stepped up in the absence of main gunner Stanley Pringle and powered the surging NorthPort Batang Pier to a 33-point rout, 121-88, of the still-out of sync San Miguel Beermen.
The newly-crowned Philippine Cup champions were able to keep in step with their opponents up until the end of the first period but started to taper off in the following quarter.
Come the 3rd, the Batang Pier pounced even harder on the debuting powerhouse team on their way to a 37-point quarter compared to just 22 for the Beermen.
It was all cruise control for the Batang Pier in the payoff period as the lead reached as much as 38 on the way to their 4th win in 5 starts and a share of top spot with idle Blackwater.
Aside from Pringle, NorthPort also missed big man Bradwyn Guinto and veteran Ryan Arana.