In a win-or-go home match, the never-say-die Barangay Ginebra team fell short in overtime to Globalport Batang Pier, 84-83, to advance in the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals against the Alaska Aces.
With the win, Globalport Batang Pier is on their way to their best finish in the team’s 3-year franchise history by advancing to the semi-finals for the first time.
Arguably the best backcourt combination, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle were carrying the entire team on their back by combining for 48 of the team’s 84 points.
During the overtime period, Globalport held on to a 1-point lead with 8.0 seconds left as they drew up a play that made Stanley Pringle hold on to the ball near the halfcourt line as Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter trapped the guard until the end of regulation.
As the final buzzer went off, Ginebra Coach Tim Cone ran to the court protesting about the 5-second ball-hugging rule that should have been called by the referees. As the entire Ginebra team stayed on the court, they were waiting for the referees to make a call but instead declared Globalport Batang Pier the winner of the game.
Cone and the entire Ginebra team are now given until 12 noon on December 28 (Monday ET) to file a protest for review.
Aside from Pringle and Romeo, they had help from Jay Washington who chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals plus Joseph Yeo contributing 11 points and 6 rebounds.
On a losing note, Ginebra was led by Greg Slaughter’s monster game with 25 points and 18 rebounds but it was L.A. Tenorio who made the clutch plays to keep Ginebra in the game and he finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Globalport (84) – Pringle 25, Romeo 23, Washington 13, Yeo 11, Mamaril 4, Kramer 3, Semerad 3, Jensen 2, Maierhofer 0, Peña 0, Sumang 0.
Ginebra (83) – Slaughter 25, Tenorio 18, Devance 12, Caguioa 9, Mercado 9, Aguilar 6, Cruz 4, Ellis 0, Marcelo 0, Thompson 0.
Quarters: 18-16, 33-32, 53-53, 74-74, 84-83.