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Pringle's 50-point show lifts GlobalPort over Columbian

Stanley Pringle rewrote modern-day history on Friday night. PBA Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Stanley Pringle picked a rainy Friday night as the most opportune time to put up his own storm.

Pringle became the first local in 14 years to drop a 50-point game to lead GlobalPort to a 133-115 rout of Columbian at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Behind the explosive guard, the Batang Pier turned the game around in the second quarter, outscoring the Dyip, 41-27, to open a 66-56 halftime lead.

Columbian still put up a gallant stand for most of the second half, but GlobalPort erupted in the fourth quarter as Pringle capped the rout with a one-handed dunk for the milestone.

Pringle, who breached the 50-point mark for the first time since Asi Taulava dropped 51 for TNT on May 16, 2004 against the Purefoods franchise, only needed 30 shots--making 18--to do so while also tallying five rebounds, six assists, and three steals, the last leading to the said slam.

Malcolm White added 28 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal for GlobalPort, which moved up to 5-5 entering a two-week FIBA window break.

Sean Anthony had his own double-double of 12 points and 17 boards with six assists and five steals.

Paolo Taha and Gabby Espinas each made four points in their debut for GlobalPort.

John Fields relied on an efficient free throw shooting to tally 26 points despite going 4-of-11 from the field while achieving a 20-20 game with 23 rebounds alongside six assists and four blocks for Columbian, which now needs to hope that the quotients will favor team to have a chance to enter the wildcard playoff.

The scores:

GlobalPort 133 - Pringle 50, White 28, Grey 16, Anthony 12, Tautuaa 8, Guinto 5, Espinas 4, Taha 4, Elorde 3, Javelona 3, Teng 0.

Columbian 115 - Fields 26, Camson 24, McCarthy 21, King 21, Khobuntin 11, Celda 5, Cahilig 3, Ababou 2, Tubid 2, Corpuz 0, Escoto 0.

Quarters: 25-29, 66-56, 96-88, 133-115.

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