#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: May 12, 2015

In today’s 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup action, the Batang Pier caught a big finish after beating Purefoods Star (hello, yellow), while the Beermen went back on-track by defeating ROS.

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

Box scores.
The GlobalPort Batang Pier picked up one of the biggest victories in the franchise’s young history, defeating the Star Hotshots, 91-89, on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

GlobalPort improved to 3-0 to continue the best start in the team’s history while also notching a first-ever win over last season’s Grand Slam champions.

Asian import Omar Krayem scored 20 points, 17 of those in the second half, to lead the Batang Pier. He scored eight of those points in a 14-4 fourth quarter run that swung the game in GlobalPort’s favor.

Krayem shot an efficient 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range.

Terrence Romeo added 17 points, while Stanley Pringle came off the bench to score 15. Both players also made some big shots late for the team.

Romeo broke an 87-all deadlock after putting back a miss from teammate Doug Kramer, while Pringle made a huge shot driving to the basket, giving GlobalPort a 91-87 lead with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock.

GlobalPort’s interim import, Steve Thomas, had 12 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists in his first game back in the PBA. He is only expected to hold the fort until first choice import Jarrid Famous becomes available next week.

Purefoods, which fell to 1-1, was led by Marqus Blakely, who had 19 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks. James Yap added 12 points.

Line of the Game: Marqus Blakely (PUR) - 19pts, 17rebs, 5asts, 4blks, 3stls, 7/10 FGs.

Marqus Blakely and the new-look Hotshots fell to the revamped GlobalPort Batang Pier.
(image by Pranz Kaeno Billones/Sports5)

Palestinian-American Omar Krayem provided a huge spark in the second half for the Batang Pier.
(image by Pranz Kaeno Billones/Sports5)

Balik-import Steve Thomas filled in well for the slow-footed Patrick O'Bryant.
(image by Pranz Kaeno Billones/Sports5)

Box scores.
The San Miguel Beermen, behind a second half explosion from import Arizona Reid, finally got on the win column as it defeated debuting Rain or Shine, 104-91, in PBA Governors’ Cup action on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Reid scored 36 points – 28 of those coming in the third and fourth quarters – alongside 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the team.

PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo also had a big night, finishing with 22 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Balik-import Wendell McKines finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Rain or Shine.

Paul Lee scored 17, Quinahan and Gabe Norwood each had 12, and Jericho Cruz added 11 for the Commissioner’s Cup runners-up.

Line of the Game: AZ Reid (SMB) - 36pts, 11rebs, 6asts, 2stls, 1blk, 15/31 FGs.

Former ROS import AZ Reid had no qualms tangling with his former team.
(image from the PBA)

Marcio Lassiter drives strong against Ryan Araña.
(image from the PBA)

Raymond Almazan and the rest of the Painters got a rude welcome to open their 2015 Govs' Cup campaign.
(image from the PBA)

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