The NorthPort Batang Pier, for sure, made good use of the PBA breather during the SEAG hostilities.
Cracking the semifinals with a huge upset of elims topnotcher NLEX, the Batang Pier exerted tremendous effort in training during the break and poured it all in another mind-boggling victory to start their PBA Governors Cup Final Four matchup with the Barangay Ginebra Kings Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier fired on all cylinders and blasted the Kings, 124-90, for the crucial head start in the best-of-five series.
“Maybe we just caught Ginebra on an off night, maybe we benefited more from the long break. But you could see we’re the hungrier team and we executed our game plan well, especially on defense,” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.
Michael Qualls was without equal, exploding for 27 points in the first half and finishing with 38 markers and 15 rebounds in a sustained rampage since his PBA entry as a mere import sub.
Christian Standhardinger had his own double-double outing with 16 points and 15 boards, and there’s the NorthPort bench overwhelming their Ginebra counterparts.