Northport Batang Pier Firepower Unstoppable
With a dominant performance versus Rain or Shine at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, NorthPort took a commanding 2-0 lead in the 2023-24 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Arvin Tolentino and Venky Jois were instrumental in the Batang Pier’s domination, helping them to a 113-103 victory on Sunday.
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Arvin Tolentino set a new career best with 35 points, demonstrating his shooting power with five successful three-pointers. During his 32 minutes on the field, he had nine rebounds, four thefts, and a fantastic performance. This performance topped his previous career high of 31 points, which he set against Terrafirma precisely a year earlier.
An Australian immigrant, Venky Jois contributed 30 points, 21 rebounds, and seven assists, nearly completing a triple-double. Jois’ strong inside presence was critical in Northport’s back-to-back triumphs, which followed their initial victory over Terrafirma.
The NorthPort Firepower Batang Pier, who began the season with a 108-103 victory against Terrafirma, extended their winning run against Rain or Shine with a 60-46 rebounding edge. Joshua Munzon had 15 points, JM Calma had 11, and Cade Flores nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
NorthPort’s size advantage was evident throughout the game, allowing them to dominate the boards and effectively control the paint.
NBA veteran DaJuan Summers led Rain or Shine in scoring with 32 points and nine rebounds, although eight turnovers marred his efforts. Leonard Santillan scored 15 points for the Elasto Painters, who fell to 0-2 on the season with their second straight loss. NorthPort’s good start places them as early Commissioner’s Cup candidates, demonstrating their potential for a successful year.