PBA: NorthPort survives 1st test in post-Pringle era, tops Rain Or Shine in OT


Posted at Jun 19 2019 06:58 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2019 07:29 PM

Robert Bolick was indefatigable, playing nearly the entire 53 minutes in NorthPort's 107-105 overtime win against Rain Or Shine on Wednesday. PBA Media Bureau

Mo Tautuaa scored 34 points, and Robert Bolick chipped in 22 points playing the entire game, as NorthPort rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat Rain Or Shine 107-105 in overtime in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday.

Playing its first game since trading away Stanley Pringle to Barangay Ginebra, NorthPort raised its record to 6-1, while Rain Or Shine fell to 2-3.

The Batang Pier appeared out of their element in the first 3 quarters, falling behind 84-61.

But NorthPort woke up in the fourth, thanks to Bolick and Garvo Lanete, who buried 4 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 16 points in the quarter to keep the Batang Pier in it.

Bolick, who played 53 minutes, mustered the strength to bury the game-tying triple with 11 seconds left in regulation to make it 100-all, making up for a turnover in NorthPort's previous possession.

In overtime, Bolick hit a layup to break a tie, then assisted to Tautuaa for a 3-pointer to give the Batang Pier a 107-102 lead.

Rain Or Shine remained in the game after Denzel Bowles drilled a triple to cut the deficit and the Elasto Painters forced Prince Ibeh to go to the line where Ibeh missed 4 charities.

Off the fourth miss, Rain Or Shine tried to call time with 6 seconds remaining, but the officials failed to acknowledge it, giving NorthPort the win.

Bolick added 9 assists, while Tautuaa and Lanete each had 5 3-pointers.

Ibeh contributed just 9 points to go with 21 rebounds.

Bowles led Rain Or Shine with 41 points and 21 rebounds, while Javee Mocon chipped in 16 points.

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