first_imgPBA IMAGESGlobalPort built enough cushion to survive Star’s late fightback, 91-84, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Banking on a 29-8 first quarter, the Batang Pier established enough breathing room with Stanley Pringle leading their side to their second win.ADVERTISEMENT Well-rested Castro leads TNT in first game back MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “I guess the key here was we set the tempo from the start and we were able to dictate the pace of the game,” said GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren. “We’re putting more emphasis on team defense and it showed today.”Pringle topped GlobalPort with 24 points, 12 coming in the opening frame salvo, on top of three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliTerrence Romeo also pounced Star with 18 markers, eight dimes, and two boards, while Nino Canaleta got 12 points and seven rebounds.Sitting at joint first with Rain or Shine at 2-0, Pumaren doesn’t want GlobalPort to feel confident with its standing. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img “It’s still an early gauge for us. The real test will be in the coming games,” he said, knowing both of the Batang Pier’s victories came from routs.“This will be a good springboard for us. Slowly, our players are accepting what we’re trying to do right now and everybody is embracing their respective roles.”Marc Pingris led the still winless Hotshots with 19 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Aldrech Ramos got 18 markers and four boards.The scores:GLOBALPORT 91 – Pringle 24, Romeo 18, Canaleta 12, Mamaril 8, Pennisi 8, Quinahan 6, Aban 6, Cortez 4, Pessumal 3, Semerad 2, Maierhofer 0, Dehesa 0.STAR 84 – Pingris 19, Ramos 18, Jalalon 13, Lee 9, Simon 8, Barroca 6, Brondial 3, Melton 3, Reavis 3, Maliksi 2, Sangalang 0.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA Quarters: 29-8, 47-32, 67-58, 91-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View commentslast_img read more