The defending champions almost had a hiccup and was close to losing the top spot in the standings until seldom-used player, Yancy De Ocampo, bailed his team out during the overtime victory against the NLEX Road Warriors, 88-80.
De Ocampo, looked like the player from his prime by totaling 17 points and 12 rebounds. 12 of De Ocampo’s 17 points came in the 3rd quarter to fill the void of June Mar Fajardo, who was struggling to stay in the game due to foul trouble.
The 35-year-old Ocampo even had a critical 3-point play during the overtime period to lift the San Miguel Beermen up ahead 81-78 and since then, the team went on to win the game.
San Miguel had a good support system with Alex Cabagnot scoring 17 points while Ronald Tubid added 14 points.
NLEX was lead by their big man, Asi Taulava with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Jonas Villanueva provided the support with 20 points as well.
The Beermen move up the standings to 8-1 while the Road Warriors fell into 4-5.
In the second game, Terrence Romeo of the Globalport Batang Pier had a youth-meets-veteran match-up against Jimmy Alapag of the Meralco Bolts.
The Meralco Bolts was trailing as much as 14 points in heading into the 4th quarter when Jimmy Alapag kept the game close by scoring 15 of his 18 points which includes 4 3-point shots. The Bolts’ surge was halted by Terrence Romeo’s 22 point second half and never gave Meralco a chance for a comeback.
With the loss, the Bolts are now eliminated from entering the quarter-finals of the PBA Philippine Cup at a 1-9 record, while Globalport Batang Pier solidifies their chances to land in the top 4 spot with a 6-3 record. Globalport will face Mahindra this coming Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
GLOBALPORT 108 – Romeo 33, Pringle 19, Washington 15, Mamaril 8, Yeo 8, Jensen 7, Kramer 7, Maierhofer 6, Sumang 3, Semerad 2.
MERALCO 104 – Alapag 18, Hodge 17, Nabong 13, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 13, Faundo 11, David 8, Buenafe 7, Dillinger 4, Caram 1, Amer 0, Al-Hussaini 0.
Quarters: 26-22, 55-44, 87-73, 108-104
SAN MIGUEL 88 – De Ocampo 17, Cabagnot 17, Tubid 14, Santos 9, Fajardo 9, Arana 9, Heruela 7, Reyes 4, Lutz 2, Omolon 0, Ross 0.
NLEX 80 – Villanueva J. 20, Taulava 20, Anthony 12, Borboran 10, Villanueva E. 8, Enciso 6, Lanete 2, Khobuntin 1, Reyes 1, Alas 0, Camson 0.
Quarters: 20-10, 37-34, 59-56, 78-78, 88-80