On a brink of another collapse, GlobalPort star guard Stanley Pringle found an open Anthony Semerad to finally break the chains of Batang Pier’s losing curse.
Semerad stole the spotlight in the nail-biting double overtime game against Meralco after draining the game-winning three-point basket, giving the GlobalPort the much-needed first win in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Unlike their final plays in the regulation and first overtime, Pringle chose to dish the last shot to the Fil-Aussie wingman in the right corner, and he hit it big time for a 126-123 lead with 14.9 seconds remaining.
“I guess I like to run back and get in that corner every time in the sideline, in the three-point line, and I was just at the right spot at the right time,” said a beaming Semerad on describing his clutch shot.
Scoreless in their previous game against Phoenix Fuel Masters, the second year pro finished his excellent night with a career-high 24 points in 9 out of 13 shooting.
“It feels good, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, it was a team effort,” he said, sharing
Being the unlikely hero in notching their initial win, the former San Beda standout hopes GlobalPort can use the momentum heading forward.
“Getting the chance to stay in the playoffs, it’s a good feeling,” shared Semerad. “I think it’s gonna help us, give us a good push. We know that everything’s coming together now and we can continue getting those wins.” – By Jason Mercene
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