The NorthPort Batang Pier was able to complete an upset as they eliminated the number one seeded NLEX Road Warriors, 126-123.
Batang Pier’s all-around player Sean Anthony led his squad to victory, particularly in the three extra periods.
Anthony finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds where he needed to log a total of 47 minutes. He was also later named as the Best Player of the Game.
Apart from Anthony, his teammates Christian Standhardinger and import Michael Qualls needed to be inside the court for over an hour to have their team a much better chance to get the last slot going to the semi-finals.
Standhardinger now joined Kerby Raymundo who logged the most minutes in a single game by a local PBA player. Raymundo did that back in 2006 in a grueling four-overtime match.
Standhardinger who was itching to be inside the basketball court when he was still in the San Miguel Beermen camp, now it appears that he already get what he wanted. The Fil-German finished with 33 points and 23 rebounds.
Qualls, on the other hand, made 31 markers and 21 boards.
NLEX was aggressive in the first half propelled by their second-year man Kiefer Ravena. In the first and second quarters combined, Ravena made 13 points. He was also one of the reasons how NLEX mounted a lead as high as 16 points.
Yet in the third quarter, NorthPort cut the deficit and they were able to erase that double-digit lead after Standhardinger’s floating jump shot, 68-all.
After that, it was a see-saw battle between ball-clubs which they stretched their do-or-die showdown to three extra periods.
Yet, in the end, it was the Batang Pier that had enough gas to win the last ticket to the semi-finals and meet the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
Manny Harris made a huge bounce-back game after he was limited to only 12 points in their first quarterfinals encounter. In this match, Harris made 43 points and 16 rebounds.
Ravena took the second honors in NLEX offense with his 22 markers and six dimes.
Sean Anthony Non-Stop Energy
NorthPort vs NLEX Box Score
Batang Pier (126) – Taha 7, Elorde 12, Qualls 31, Standhardinger 33, Ferrer 6, Mercado 3, Anthony 20, Lanete 4
Road Warriors (123) – Harris 43, Ravena 22, Ighalo 12, Quinahan 13, Taulava 6, Miranda 2, Paniamogan 8, Fonacier 2, Soyud 9, Cruz 6