NorthPort sets franchise best blowout against Phoenix

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—NorthPort scored its biggest win ever on Wednesday after beating Phoenix by 36 points, 115-79, for its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Batang Pier broke away from the Fuel Masters in the last three quarters behind a balanced offense that saw three players scoring 20 points each.

Robert Bolick, Troy Rike, and Kevin Ferrer each tallied 20 markers for NorthPort, now at 1-1 in the team standings, with Bolick even getting a double-double with 11 assists.

The previous franchise best win was a 34-point rout of Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2019 Governors' Cup semifinals.

Vic Manuel put up 26 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal for Phoenix, which suffered its second biggest loss in its franchise history and fell to 0-2 for the first time ever.

The only time Phoenix lost by a bigger margin was when Magnolia won against them by 44 points, 123-79, in the 2017 Philippine Cup.

The Scores :

NORTHPORT 115 – Bolcik 20, Rike 20, Ferrer 20, Malonzo 15, Onwubere 15, Taha 12, Elorde 6, J. Faundo 4 , Balanza 3, Doliguez 0

PHOENIX 79 – Manuel 26, Wright 15, Perkins 12, Jazul 8, Garcia 6, Melecio 4, Demusis 2, Chua 2, Pascual 2, Rios 2, B. Faundo 0, Muyang 0, Napoles 0, Tamsi 0

Quarters : 22-18, 50-31, 79-51, 115-79

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