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Bolicks dagger triple lifts NorthPort over Ginebra to clinch playoff berth


By Miles Morales

NorthPort leaned on its rookie seansation Robert Bolick in the clutch as the Batang Pier clinched a quarterfinal berth with a 100-97 win over Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Bolick scored 24 points, punctuated by a go-ahead triple with 52.9 seconds left in the fourth to give the Batang Pier a 98-97 edge.

At 5-6, NorthPort clinched the seventh seed in the quarterfinals and left Alaska and NLEX to play in a one-game playoff for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth.

Barangay Ginebra, which let mostly second stringers to finish the match, finished the eliminations with a loss but remained as the No. 3 seed to face rival Magnolia in the playoffs.

After a six-game losing skid midway through the conference that left their playoff fate hanging by a thread, the Batang Pier finished with three straight wins to clinch an unlikely place in the quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Rain or Shine.

Sean Anthony had 19 points but was not fielded late in the match due to an injury. Mo Tautuaa added 17 points for NorthPort.

Greg Slaughter had 14 points, while Cruz added 13 for the Kings.