TNT makes quarters after surviving Globalport comeback
Paul Lintag on Jan 25, 2017 09:45 PM
RR Pogoy came away with a new career-high as TNT KaTropa punched their ticket to the quarterfinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
Troy Rosario barely escaped being a scapegoat for TNT.
The versatile sophomore forward committed two costly turnovers down the stretch for the KaTropa Friday, two turnovers that almost led to a 21-point collapse for TNT.
Fortunately for him, the flagship MVP franchise managed to hold on to beat the Globalpol Batang Pier, 102-98, at the Cuneta Astrodome, fomalizing their entry to the quarterfinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
Unloading a 19-0 blitz to put up a 21-point lead with 6:33 to go, TNT had to scramble for the win as the Batang Pier embarked on a wild 25-6 run to cut the deficit to only two points, 98-100, with 24.1 seconds left.
Towards the end of that Batang Pier run came Rosario's two turnovers, an inbounding violation and an offensive foul, that led to two layups from Mike Cortez and Stanley Pringle.
Holding on to a two-point lead, the KaTropa got a break after Pringle turned the ball over on a kick out pass. Rosario managed to end up with the ball and promptly redeemed himself by making his only two free throws in the game for the final tally.
The win pushed TNT to a share of second place with a 6-4 mark. The KaTropa also joined two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and Phoenix as the only teams safely through the next round so far.
"Wild game. We led by almost 20 then habol. It's very obvious that we are a very inconsistent team. It's going to be hard heading into the playoffs with that kind of mentality," head coach Nash Racela said.
"Good thing for us it showed this early and will make us prepare for the playoffs," he added.
Rookie RR Pogoy led the way for TNT, dropping a new career-high of 20 points despite going scoreless in the opening period. Mo Tautuaa added 18 for the KaTropa while Jayson Castro chipped in 16, 11 comin in the fourth quarter alone.
Rosario only managed six on a cold shooting night.
After struggling in Iloilo City, Terrence Romeo came back to Metro Manila by way of 35 points but it was not enough to save the Batang Pier from suffering a two-game slide for an even 5-5 record.
TNT (102) - Pogoy 20, Tautuaa 18, Castro 16, Williams 12, Reyes 7, De Ocampo 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Rosales 6, Rosario 6, Fonacier 3, Carey 2, Tamsi 0.
Globalport (98) - Romeo 35, Cortez 15, Pringle 14, Canaleta 8, Pennisi 6, Semerad 6, Maierofer 4, Paredes 3, Pessumal 3, Andrada 2, Quinahan 2.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 53-49, 77-73, 102-98.
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