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NorthPort whips Alaska in battle of teams making last playoff dash

Stanley Pringle led the Batang Pier again in their late run to the playoffs. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—NorthPort continued its late surge in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 94-84 win against Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Batang Pier lost an 11-point lead but recovered in time to dampen the Aces' hopes of making the quarterfinals in a battle between teams making a last run to the next round.

Up 71-60 to start the fourth quarter, NorthPort suddenly found itself trailing after Alaska opened the period on a 14-0 run for a 74-71 lead with 9:34 remaining.

The Batang Pier bounced back with a 19-4 run to reclaim the lead for good, 90-78, before settling for the 10-point win.

Sean Anthony made 24 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, and three steals off the bench for NorthPort, which moved up to 4-6, tying NLEX ahead of the All-Star Break.

Stanley Pringle added 21 points, three rebounds, two assist, and one steal in a start.

Carl Cruz fired 23 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block for Alaska, which now needs to hope for the best after finishing the eliminations at 4-7.

The scores:

NorthPort 94 - Anthony 24, Pringle 21, Tautuaa 14, Grey 13, Flores 6, Taha 6, Bolick 3, Guinto 3, Elorde 2, Sollano 2, Lanete 0.

Alaska 84 - Cruz 23, Thoss 14, Enciso 11, Banchero 8, Pascual 8, Ayaay 6, Casio 5, Baclao 3, Teng 2, Galliguez 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 40-37, 71-60, 94-84.

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