Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup between the NorthPort Batang Pier and the Bay Area Dragons scheduled on September 24, 2022, at 4:30 PM.
The visiting Dragons are looking to snag another prey and log their second straight win while the Batang Pier will try to defend their port and register their own back-to-back wins when PBA resumes at the Mall of Asia Arena this afternoon.
Knowing your next opponent is important in order to prepare the entire troop if there’ll be adjustments that needs to be made or which players from the opposing squad may create damage. That could be what NorthPort did a few days ago though they’re still in the middle of another PBA battle.
Batang Pier’s head coach Pido Jarencio and guard Robert Bolick sound like they are both aware of what happened to the Dragons vs Bossing match which was scheduled earlier before they faced the Phoenix LFP Fuelmasters.
“Baka magulat sila sa amin. At least, ilan lang lamang nila, baka bente lang lamang nila sa amin,” Jarencio half-joked about the potential outcome.
Bolick who topped the scoring department of NorthPort in their recent outing where he delivered 21 points along with his six assists mentioned that his squad will find ways to take home the “W”.
“Baka magulat sila sa amin. Pangit ‘yung laro nila, kami naman ‘yung maganda laro. Tingnan natin,” said Bolick.
Last Wednesday also marked the debut of Arvin Tolentino after getting traded from Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. The former FEU Tamaraws standout wasted no time and took advantage of the playing minutes he got in his new team. Tolentino stuffed the stat sheet where he made 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a career-high of four block shots. He got his motivation to play hard after the manpower movement executed by his previous team.
“I’m motivated. I want to tell myself that I got traded because coach Pido and NorthPort actually want me. That’s my mentality. No time to dwell on Ginebra and get sad,” Tolentino said.
For the guest team at this import-laden conference, Bay Area had a rampaging first appearance as they showed no mercy against Blackwater where they led as much as 46 points.
Myles Powell turned the MOA Arena into his playground as he registered a game-high 41 points together with his eight boards. His teammate Chuanxing Liu who became an instant celebrity in the local basketball scene due to his 7-foot-5 frame added nine points and 13 rebounds. Liu who seems like not a scoring-heavy center at least in their first outing already showcased his dominance in the defensive end, giving their opponents difficulty operating inside the paint.
This could be a challenge to PBA teams, especially those that are banking on their offense playing inside the post. This could be definitely the game changer and bring the status of PBA to the next level.
“We just want to come in and show the country that we want to help (the development of) basketball (in the country), we want to learn, we want to grow and provide something that’s entertainment to the public,” said Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian.