Express sink Batang Pier

A+
A
A-

AFTER getting a dressing down from its coach at the half, Air21 went on a second half tear and tore Globalport to shreds, 87-72, for a franchise-best fourth straight victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second period, the Express clamped down hard on defense and used the three-point shot to great effect, leading by as many as 21 early in the fourth before rising to 5-5 overall.

“I don’t understand why they want me to get mad at halftime before they pick up the defensive intensity,” Air21 coach Franz Pumaren told reporters.

The loss was the seventh straight in a tail-ending 2-8 card for the Batang Pier, who unveiled a new import in Sylvester Morgan. Of those four wins in the Air21 run, two have come at the expense of Globalport.

Michael Dunigan had 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Express despite a  long stint on the bench when he cramped up late in the third quarter.

But that didn’t stop the Express from breaking away as Wynne Arboleda and KG Canaleta connected with reckless abandon from afar that had Air21 taking leads of as many as 74-53 with less than five minutes gone in the fourth.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos