Sean Anthony limped to their bench after hurting his groin, but Robert Bolick gave the NorthPort Batang Pier a big relief in delivering big time in the clutch.
Bolick came through with 24 points, including a huge three-pointer inside the final minute as the Batang Pier withstood the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 100-97, to nail an automatic quarterfinals entry in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
Anthony made 19 points before his exit while Moala Tautuaa and Bradwyn Guinto contributed 17 and 14, respectively, as the Batang Pier completed their needed three-game closing run to join Phoenix Pulse, Rain or Shine, Ginebra, TNT KaTropa, San Miguel Beer and Magnolia in an outright playoff passage.
“Focus na tayo ngayon sa quarters. Ready tayo. Ang concern ko lang ay injuries. Concern ako kay Sean, may naramdaman siyang pumitik sa groin, kaya hindi ko na ibinalik,” Jarencio added.
As the seventh seed, the Batang Pier face the Elasto Painters in the quarterfinals. NorthPort needs to win two in a row to advance to the semis.