MANILA, Philippines—Greg Slaughter put collectively commendable efforts on each ends to will NorthPort previous Rain or Shine in additional time, 91-88, Sunday and bounce again from a gut-wrenching loss to Magnolia simply two nights in the past.
Disregarded within the closing play within the conflict with the Hotshots, Slaughter put up 25 factors and 11 boards whereas additionally blocking Gabe Norwood’s potential game-tying triple—his sixth rejection total—to seal Batang Pier’s return to the win column within the PBA Philippine Cup at Don Honorio Ventura State College in Bacolor, Pampanga.
“We’re only a crew that desires to win. A number of frustration final time–anytime you lose a sport. However that makes us hungrier for the subsequent one. We belief in one another, we belief in coach Pido and we simply pull it collectively as we knew that we needed to transfer on to the subsequent one,” mentioned the 7-foot middle, who was acquired from Barangay Ginebra in the course of the offseason.
Although he already expressed his remorse over that teaching boo-boo final Friday, Jarencio used the customary post-game chat reserved for successful golf equipment to convey his apology to his ward.
“I’m apologetic to Slaughter and the remainder of the crew,” he mentioned. “We’ve patched up issues. We’re right here to work. We’re professionals.”
That couldn’t be extra becoming for Robert Bolick, who completed with six rebounds and 7 assists regardless of a bum hamstring.
Skipper Sean Anthony was additionally limping late, however nonetheless managed so as to add 9 factors and 10 boards to assist the Batang Pier enhance to 5-5, tying NLEX for a spot in the midst of the pack.
Jewel Ponferrada led the best way for already-qualified Rain or Shine with 17 factors in a assist function. Beau Belga tossed in 11 within the shedding effort because the Painters slid to a 6-5 document.
Jarencio, who notched his first victory since getting back from a bout with COVID-19, additionally despatched a strongly-worded message for his detractors on social media.
“For my bashers, my haters, you’re speaking nonsense. I’ve performed (basketball) for 17 years and coached for 12 years and by no means have I figured in any anomaly,” he mentioned. “I go away you all to God. I like you all.”
NorthPort 91 – Slaughter 25, Bolick 24, Anthony 9, Malonzo 8, Elorde 7, Lanete 6, Ferrer 4, Gray 4, Onwubere 3, Rike 1, Balanza 0, Doliguez 0.
Rain or Shine 88 – Ponferada 17, Belga 11, Yap 9, Santillan 9, Borboran 8, Torres 8, Mocon 8, Nambatac 6, Asistio 5, Norwood 3, Guinto 2, Caracut 2, Wong 0.
Quarters: 27-16, 42-37, 65-60, 80-80, 91-88.
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