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Anthony, NorthPort backed into a corner: ‘We can’t afford to lose one game’

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:51 PM October 12, 2018

NorthPort’s run in the PBA Governors’ Cup hasn’t been a great success, but with the team’s back against the wall the players have no choice but to fight back.

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That happened on Friday when the Batang Pier held off Meralco, 99-94, at Mall of Asia Arena for their first taste of consecutive wins.

“Our backs were against the wall, we can’t afford to lose one game so it was one game at a time and play our hearts out,” said forward Sean Anthony who led NorthPort’s offense with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

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NorthPort’s win, however, didn’t come without a few scares near the end.

After building a 10-point lead, 84-74, midway through the fourth, the Batang Pier had to deal with a late Meralco rally with the Bolts going on a 14-6 run to cut the margin to just two, 90-88, with 2:05 left.

Moala Tautuaa gave the Batang Pier a small buffer, 92-88, with a couple of free throws before Stanley Pringle knocked down a big three-pointer with 52.3 seconds left for the 95-88 lead.

Although Mike Tolomia got to answer back with a three of his own a few seconds later, Anthony was quick to respond with his own triple for NorthPort’s 98-91 lead with 24 seconds remaining.

“Luckily we were able to close it out in the fourth quarter,” said Anthony. “Meralco brought it back, it was a huge scare, we were lucky to pull it out with a win.”

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