Batang Pier force KO tiff

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    NORTHPORT translated desire into effort and manhandled NLEX with a wire-to-wire 115-90 win last night to force a deciding game in their PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals duel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Just as Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao feared, Michael Qualls, Christian Standhardinger and Sean Anthony led the eighth-ranked Batang Pier with sterling all-around performances as they negated the top-seeded team’s twice-to-win advantage.

    The rubber match is set tomorrow, also at the Big Dome.

    Qualls wound up with game-highs of 39 points and 16 rebounds on top of five assists, Standhardinger added 24 markers and 14 boards while Anthony came off the bench for 12 points.