MANILA – NorthPort Batang Pier returned to PBA Philippine Cup action with a bang, taking down Blackwater Bossing, 98-73, on Thursday night at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Seemingly not that rusty despite a long layoff made even worse by their coaching staff catching the coronavirus, the Batang Pier zoomed ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the Bossing, 30-13, before inflicting more damage in the fourth quarter.
Jamie Malonzo and Robert Bolick each scored 17 points to lead NorthPort, who moved up to the eighth place at 2-3.
Malonzo and Bolick each got a double-double with 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
Bolick even had a shot for a triple-double as he too had seven assists, all in the first three quarters of play.
Greg Slaughter also tallied a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds alongside one assist, two blocks, and one steal.
Frank Golla made 14 markers, seven boards, one dime, and three steals for Blackwater, who remained winless after eight games. (PNA)