Northport's Arvin Tolentino Dominates with 41 Points to Secure Victory over Phoenix Super LPG
In a thrilling display of basketball prowess, Arvin Tolentino of NorthPort delivered a sensational performance, surpassing his previous 28-point game, by scoring a remarkable 41 points, including seven impressive three-pointers. This outstanding performance propelled NorthPort to break free from the fifth spot logjam in the PBA On Tour, securing a convincing 105-86 victory over Phoenix Super LPG at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Tolentino's Dominance Shines Bright
Tolentino’s exceptional skills were on full display on a cold and damp night as he not only lit up the scoreboard but also contributed significantly in other areas of the game. Alongside his remarkable scoring feat, Tolentino showcased his versatility by grabbing five rebounds, executing three steals, and providing two crucial assists. His leadership and stellar performance led the Batang Pier to claim their second consecutive win, following their triumph of 104-100 over the Terrafirma Dyip.
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Stellar Support from Calma and Zamar
John Michael Calma and Paul Zamar stepped up to the plate, delivering solid performances as supporting players for Northport. Calma contributed 12 points, while Zamar added 14 points to the team’s overall score. Their remarkable efforts were instrumental in securing the victory for NorthPort, propelling them to the fifth position in the standings with a 5-4 record. This impressive achievement left Converge and Barangay Ginebra tied for sixth place, with a 4-4 record.
Phoenix Super LPG Struggles
On the other hand, Phoenix Super LPG faced their third consecutive defeat in the preseason series, sponsored by Bingo Plus and presented by Arena Plus. With the loss, they now stand at a 3-6 record, facing an uphill battle in the competition. Despite the efforts of Raul Soyud, Chris Lalata, Larry Muyang, and RJ Jazul, who contributed 16, 15, 13, and 11 points, respectively, the Fuel Masters were unable to overcome the dominant performance of Tolentino and the Batang Pier.
Unrelenting Dominance by NorthPort
NorthPort’s dominance was evident throughout the game as they quickly broke free from a tied score of 21-all at the start of the second quarter, maintaining their lead throughout the match. The Batang Pier entered the second half with a comfortable 53-44 lead. Their relentless energy and determination were showcased as they stretched their lead to a commanding 82-65 by the end of the third quarter, eventually reaching a staggering 25-point advantage over the Fuel Masters. The Batang Pier displayed exceptional performance on both ends of the court, overpowering their opponents with their offensive and defensive prowess.
Defensive Excellence and Points off Turnovers
The Batang Pier’s defensive efforts played a crucial role in their victory, forcing the Fuel Masters into committing 27 turnovers. NorthPort capitalized on these opportunities, gaining a significant advantage of 26-14 points off turnovers. While the Fuel Masters managed to win the rebounding battle with a margin of 57-52, they struggled to match NorthPort’s dominance in other aspects of the game.
Tolentino's Shooting Brilliance
Arvin Tolentino’s shooting skills were sublime, as he torched the Fuel Masters with a remarkable 7-of-11 shooting accuracy from beyond the arc. His ability to consistently deliver from long range played a pivotal role in securing the victory for the Batang Pier. Zamar also contributed with two crucial three-pointers, while Calma showcased his all-around abilities by grabbing eight rebounds, providing two assists, and scoring 21 points.
Remaining Schedule and Conclusion
Looking ahead, NorthPort has Rain or Shine and Converge as their last two assignments in the Tour. On the other hand, Phoenix concludes their stint with games against TNT and Magnolia. As the competition intensifies, both teams will be eager to continue pursuing success.
In conclusion, Arvin Tolentino’s outstanding performance, coupled with the exceptional contributions from Calma and Zamar, propelled NorthPort to a resounding victory over Phoenix Super LPG. With their dominant display and cohesive teamwork, NorthPort emerged as a formidable force in the PBA On Tour, leaving a lasting impression on both fans and competitors alike.
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