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NorthPort ekes out a 112-104 win against Converge FiberXers 

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DEFENSIVE SHOWCASE. The NorthPort Batang Pier capitalizes on their formidable defense to subdue Converge FiberXers and secure a 112-104 win in their game held on March 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA PHOTO

The NorthPort Batang Pier pulled off a thrilling 112-104 victory, outclassing Converge FiberXers with an astounding defensive showcase. Dominating in steals, they capitalized on turnovers to secure a hard-fought win, leaving fans on the edge of their seats at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 3, 2024.

Joshua Munzon, often hailed for his scoring prowess, played a pivotal role as the team’s second-best scorer in the game, amassing an impressive 17 points. 

However, it wasn’t just about putting points on the board for the talented player. Munzon showcased his defensive prowess by recording a game-high six steals, a testament to his ability to disrupt the opposing team’s offensive rhythm and create turnovers, turning defense into instant offense for the Batang Pier. In addition to his steals, he contributed significantly on the boards with six rebounds, showcasing his commitment to both ends of the floor.

The standout guard wasn’t just a one-dimensional player; he showcased his playmaking abilities with one assist, facilitating ball movement and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. To complete his all-around performance, Munzon showcased his shot-blocking skills with two emphatic blocks, providing a defensive wall that added an extra layer of complexity for the opposition.

The entire Batang Pier team embraced a relentless defensive mentality, amassing an incredible total of 19 steals throughout the game. This collective effort highlighted their commitment to pressure defense and exploiting their opponents’ vulnerabilities. The sheer number of steals reflected the team’s focus on creating turnovers and converting them into fast-break opportunities.

The Batang Pier’s defensive intensity reached its peak in the fourth quarter and overtime, where they forced their rivals into committing a staggering 17 errors. This strategic defensive onslaught proved to be the turning point, disrupting the opponents’ rhythm and capitalizing on their mistakes.

The thrilling victory not only showcased NorthPort’s defensive prowess but also hinted at their resilience and ability to perform under pressure. As the Batang Pier celebrated their triumph, fans were left in awe of the team’s tenacity and the standout performance of Munzon, who emerged as the game-changer with his scoring, playmaking, and defensive brilliance.

The Batang Pier’s victory, fueled by an extraordinary defensive effort, sends a strong message to their competitors in the league. As they continue their campaign in the PBA, the NorthPort Batang Pier will look to build on this performance, drawing inspiration from their collective defensive prowess and the standout contributions of players like Joshua Munzon.

The boxscores:

NorthPort 112 – Tolentino 31, Munzon 17, Navarro 16, Flores 14, Bulanadi 8, Yu 8, Calma 7, Zamar 5, Paraiso 3, Adamos 2, Taha 1, Rosales 0, Lucero 0, Chan 0.

Converge 104 – Stockton 27, Arana 24, Santos 11, Nieto 6, Ambohot 6, Wintston 5, Fornilos 5, Caralipio 4, Zaldivar 3, Melecio 3, Delos 2, Fleming 2, Maagdenberg 2, Balanza 2.

Quarterscores: 19-26, 42-53, 65-80, 96-96, 112-104 (OT)

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