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NorthPort finally breaks dry spell, keeps Terrafirma reeling

John Michael Calma helps Northport win a breakthrough behind a career performance. Dennis Jerome Acosta

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—NorthPort's clamor for a win in the PBA Governors' Cup finally came to an end on Wednesday after drubbing Terrafirma, 115-100, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

The Batang Pier played solid basketball in the first half, dropping 33 points on the Dyip in the first quarter before holding them to just 19 in the second en route to a 61-47 halftime lead.

Terrafirma tried to steal the win in the third quarter after outscoring NorthPort, 33-27, to cut the lead down to eight, 88-80, entering the fourth, but the latter responded by limiting the former to just 20 in the final frame.

Kevin Murphy made 28 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and one block for the Batang Pier, who overtook the Blackwater Bossing in 11th place at 1-6.

Robert Bolick added 26 points, nine rebounds, and six assists off the bench as helped NorthPort keep its slim hopes of making the playoffs alive.

Jordan Williams made 25 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal, while Eric Camson and JP Calvo each added 12 markers with Camson also grabbing 13 boards for the Dyip, who lost for the fourth straight time and fell to 2-6.

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