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NorthPort gains share of top spot after escaping Magnolia

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Miles Morales

NorthPort Batang Pier kept Magnolia winless in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after trouncing the Hotshots, 102-97, for a share of the lead Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Seven Batang Pier scored in double figures to join Blackwater atop the standings with a 5-1 record.

Sean Anthony led the NorthPort assault with 22 points on top of 8 rebounds off the bench.

Paolo Taha had 16 points as Jonathan Grey and Robert Bolick added 14 and 11 markers, respectively, to fill the void left by Stanley Pringle, who is still nursing an injury.

Ian Sangalang had 21 points while Robbie Herndon added 18 in the Hotshots losing stand.

New import James Farr only had 11 points as the Hotshots dropped to 0-2.