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NorthPort Batang Pier upsets TNT,  112-96, in PBA Philippine Cup game

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STUNNING UPSET. NorthPort Batang Pier humbles TNT Tropang Giga, 112-96, in the PBA Philippine Cup clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, April 5. PBA PHOTO

NorthPort delivered a stunning blow to TNT with a commanding 112-96 victory, fueled by the dynamic duo of Arvin Tolentino and JM Calma in the PBA Philippine Cup clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night, April 5.

Tolentino showcased his scoring prowess with an impressive 29-point performance, while Calma notched career-highs in both points (22) and rebounds (13), leading the Batang Pier to their fourth consecutive win. Despite a prolonged break since their last game on March 10, NorthPort exhibited little rust as they dominated from start to finish, improving their record to 4-1.

The convincing victory not only extended NorthPort’s winning streak but also boosted the team’s confidence as they gear up for a hectic schedule ahead, with six more games scheduled within the next three weeks, starting with a matchup against Magnolia.

Coach Bonnie Tan emphasized the positive impact of the team’s three-week break on their mindset and preparation for the upcoming games. Tolentino echoed this sentiment, highlighting the hunger and determination of the young NorthPort squad to make their mark in the league.

With a roster filled with youthful energy and talent, NorthPort continues to build momentum and establish itself as a contender in the Philippine Cup. The team’s emphasis on a run-and-gun style of play, coupled with solid contributions from players like Joshua Munzon, Zav Lucero, and Cade Flores, has been instrumental in their success.

Despite TNT’s efforts to mount a comeback, led by Roger Pogoy’s impressive 34-point performance, they were unable to overcome NorthPort’s relentless attack. Calvin Oftana was limited to just 13 points, contributing to TNT’s second consecutive loss and dropping their record to 2-3.

Kim Aurin provided a late spark for TNT with 18 points, but NorthPort’s steady play down the stretch, highlighted by clutch free throws from Calma and Tolentino’s timely baskets, secured the victory for the Batang Pier.

As NorthPort continues to ride the wave of its winning streak, it remains focused on maintaining consistency and capitalizing on its youthfulness to compete at a high level. 

With their sights set on further success in the Philippine Cup, the Batang Pier are poised to make a statement in the league with their impressive performances and unwavering determination.

The boxscores:

NorthPort 112 – Tolentino 29, Calma 22, Munzon 14, Flores 9, Bulanadi 7, Navarro 6, Lucero 6, Taha 5, Rosales 4, Amores 3, Paraiso 3, Adamos 2, Zamar 2, Yu 0, Cuntapay 0.

TNT 96 – Pogoy 34, Aurin 18, Oftana 13, Galinato 7, Montalbo 6, Khobuntin 5, B. Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Castro 4, Ponferrada 3, K.Williams 2, M.Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Reyes 0, Varilla 0, Heruela 0, Ebona 0.

Quarterscores: 32-18, 61-34, 85-57, 112-96.

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