GlobalPort's Jay Washington drives to the basket against Alaska's Calvin Abueva. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort surprised Alaska by carving out a 95-91 victory for its first win in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
The Batang Pier, however, had to hold off the Aces' uprising late in the fourth quarter before they squeezed out the victory.
GlobalPort got a double-double effort from Leroy Hickerson, who churned out 25 points and 15 rebounds. He added 3 assists and 4 steals to complete an all-around performance for the Batang Pier.
The Batang Pier also got a big lift from Alex Cabagnot with 24 points, while the comebacking Terrence Romeo poured in 18.
Alaska was caught flat-footed by GlobalPort, which made a killing on fastbreak points, 20-3.
"Good start 'to para sa amin. At least, tied na kami sa nagawa namin last conference. May isang panalo na, at pero meron pang seven games," Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio said in the PBA website, referring to their 1-8 record in the Commissioner's Cup.
Jarencio said the team is now more consistent compared to its first outing against Ginebra, wherein his wards lost, 89-71.
He said that unlike in their previous game, they were able to maintain their run toward the endgame.
GlobalPort were dominant in the first 3 quarters that they hoisted a 17-point lead, 53-36 against Alaska. But the Aces were able to whittle down the deficit to 77-73 midway the fourth.
William Henry Walker and Calvin Abueva later sparked a run that threatened to take the lead from the Batang Pier, 91-91, with 11 seconds to go.
But GlobalPort was able to weather the storm after Hickerson secured the ball and Cabagnot split his charities for the final score.
Walker finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while JVee Casio had 16 points.
GlobalPort 95 – Hickerson 25, Cabagnot 24, Romeo 18, Washington 13, Garcia 8, Ponferada 4, Macapagal 2, Matias 1, Taha 0, Menk 0, Hayes 0, Salvador 0.
Alaska 91 – Walker 22, Casio 16, Espinas 14, Abueva 14, Baguio 8, Jazul 6, Hontiveros 5, Manuel 4, Thoss 2.
Quarterscores: 24-22, 48-34, 66-62, 95-91