NorthPort downs Phoenix for third straight win

Published February 26, 2022, 9:21 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photo from PBA

NorthPort continued its rise from a winless start after adding to the frustrations of Phoenix Super LPG, 101-93, Saturday, Feb. 26 in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Import Jamel Artis played all 48 minutes and produced 29 points, six rebounds and three assists in another tireless effort as the Batang Pier won for the third straight time after a 0-5 record to begin the season-ending conference.

It was the second straight no-relief outing for Artis after leading NorthPort to an upset of previously unbeaten Magnolia Pambansang Manok two days prior.

Arwind Santos put up 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, rookie Jamie Malonzo put up 13 points and 16 rebounds while Paolo Taha and Jerrick Balanza contributed 19 and 12 points to also help NorthPort’s rise in the standings.

“Yung fighting heart nandoon at saka yung will to win nandoon,” said Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio, whose team played their last two outings without ace scorer Robert Bolick due to his Gilas Pilipinas duties in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Jarencio, however, said the Batang Pier are now dealing with the health of some of his players, with Roi Sumang hurting his hamstring during the game and Malonzo playing through an injured pinkie.

But Bolick’s return to domestic duties next week is a boost for NorthPort as it aims to gain an inside track on a quarterfinals berth with three games left in the eliminations.

As NorthPort is on an upward trend, Phoenix is on a tailspin after dropping its third in a row.

Import Dominique Sutton had 23 points and 12 rebounds but those numbers couldn’t help the Fuel Masters as they fell to 4-5 for eighth place.

Matthew Wright added 22 points on an 8-of-22 clip with five rebounds and six assists and RJ Jazul put in 20 for Phoenix.

The scores:

NORTHPORT 101 — Artis 29, Taha 19, Santos 15, Malonzo 13, Balanza 12, Rike 5, Doliguez 4, Sumang 2, Subido 2, Abundo 0.

PHOENIX 93 — Sutton 23, Wright 22, Jazul 20, Perkins 12, Manganti 8, Melecio 4, Demusis 2, Camacho 2, Garcia 0, Pascual 0, Rios 0, Robles 0, Porter 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 50-43, 81-70, 101-93.