Sean Anthony scored on a putback with 16 seconds left in the game, as NorthPort defeated NLEX 83-79 in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
NorthPort raised its record to 2-0, while NLEX fell to 0-2.
Anthony finished with 17 points, including the follow-up bucket off Robert Bolick's miss to NorthPort in front 81-79.
Marion Magat flubbed his 3-point attempt in the ensuing NLEX possession, before Anthony iced the game with 2 free throws.
NLEX fielded an all-Filipino lineup because Tony Mitchell, tapped to replace initial reinforcement Curtis Washington, couldn't secure his playing license in time for the game.
Still, the Road Warriors challenged NorthPort early, going up 43-35 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Bolick exploded for 10 of his 18 points, as NorthPort outscored NLEX 24-14 to take a 59-57 lead going to the fourth.
Prince Ibeh registered 15 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks for the Batang Pier, who won despite missing 19 free throws (15 of 34, 44%).
Kenneth Ighalo led NLEX with 18 points, while JP Erram chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds.
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