#PBA2015 Commish Cup Roundup: January 27, 2015

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup kicked off last night and saw big wins coming from GlobalPort and Meralco. Hulking giant Peter John Ramos had a monster game, but couldn’t lead Kia to a win, while Josh Davis had an auspicious debut for the Bolts.

Peter John Ramos (L) and Josh Davis (R) turned a lot of heads on opening night in the 2015 PBA Commish Cup.

Game recap (adapted from InterAKTV):

Box Scores.
CJ Leslie and the GlobalPort Batang Pier overcame a big debut from Kia’s hulking 7-foot-3 import PJ Ramos as they clinched a 100-89 victory in the opener of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Leslie had 31 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 blocks, but he was overshadowed by a monster showing from his much larger counterpart, Ramos, who had 41 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks.

But he had much more support from his local teammates with Terrence Romeo posting 21 points and six assists and No. 1 pick Stanley Pringle adding 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting, alongside 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

GlobalPort’s defense shone here, forcing 16 Kia turnovers, which led to 18 points off TOs for the Batang Pier. Coach Eric Gonzales’s wards also ran the Carnival to the ground, getting +13 fastbreak points. 

Reserve swingman Mark Yee was the only other Kia player in double-figures with 15 points. Erstwhile top gun Reil Cervantes shot just 3/18 from the floor to finish with just 8 markers.

Line of the Game: Peter John Ramos - 41pts, 20rebs, 6asts, 3blks, 15/23 FGs.

CJ Leslie led GlobalPort to an impressive conference debut.

Peter John Ramos's size was intimidating, but even his monster numbers weren't enough for Kia to book a W.

Terrence Romeo waxed hot from practically everywhere for the Batang Pier.

Box Scores.
The Meralco Bolts made a tough defensive stand as they put the clamps on Barangay Ginebra for an 85-74 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Import Josh Davis made a solid debut with 25 points and 24 rebounds, while Gary David provided a big scoring punch off the bench with 21 markers.

Mike Cortez had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Cliff Hodge did a lot of the dirty work, finishing with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks to go with his 6 points.

It was the Bolts’ defense, though, that really shone in the game, as they held Ginebra down to 27-for-75 shooting (36%) over the entire the game. The Kings also shot just 25% (7-for-28) from the three-point line and even struggled from the free throw line, going just 59% (13-for-22).

The Kings only had 50 points at the end of three quarters but were able to put up 24 points – their highest output in any quarter – in the fourth behind 7-footer Greg Slaughter, who scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the period.

Slaughter also finished led the team in rebounds with 16. Michael Dunigan, Ginebra’s reinforcement, posted 17 points and 15 rebounds.

LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo combined to shoot 1-for-20 from the field, while Japeth Aguilar finished without a point or a rebound in just over 12 minutes of play.

Line of the Game: Josh Davis - 25pts, 24rebs, 3stls.

Gary David dropped 21 big ones on the Gin Kings.

Josh Davis's game was reminiscent of the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard.

Balik import Mike Dunigan provided another solid post presence in Ginebra's losing effort.

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