TNT escapes Meralco to pocket 5th win

Paul Lintag on Sep 06, 2017 06:50 PM
TNT escapes Meralco to pocket 5th win
In beating the Bolts, who came in the contest half a game behind first place, the KaTropa moved to 5-3 for the season-ending joust, putting them right back in the hunt for a playoff bonus.

TNT wins the latest edition of MVP sister act.

Once again, the KaTropa took little time to bounce back from a previous loss, this time taking down Meralco, 113-107, Wednesday at the Big Dome for the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.

This victory comes less than a week after TNT lost a shootout to Globalport at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

In beating the Bolts, who came in the contest half a game behind first place, the KaTropa moved to 5-3 for the season-ending joust, putting them right back in the hunt for a playoff bonus.

"This was expected because you're playing against probably the best import in the conference. It's reallt hard to defend Durham one-on-one but our players were up to the challenge today," head coach Nash Racela said.

"It took us a team effort to be able to at least make it hard for him on the offensive end," he added.

Reigning Best Import Allen Durham finished with 39 points and 24 rebounds for Meralco and only one other Bolt dropped double figures.

TNT got off to a strong start against the rather rusty Bolts, opening up a 12-point lead right in the opening period, 29-17. The KaTropa would then drop a 34-point hammer in the second to build their largest lead of the game at 21 points before settling for a 17-point advantage at the break.

Meralco would respond in the second half behind Durham and Baser Amer, cutting the deficit to five points but TNT would hold strong in the end, dropping the Bolts to 5-2 for the conference.

Glen Rice Jr. powered the KaTropa offense with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Jayson Castro played his best game coming back from Gilas Pilipinas, adding 27 points in a starting role.

Kelly Williams had 16 while RR Pogoy came off the bench to score 11.

Feeling the effects of a 19-day break, Meralco only shot 41 percent from the field as a team. Aside from Durham, only Amer scored in double digit, finishing with 21 points and four assists.

 

The scores:

TNT 113 - Rice Jr. 32, Castro 27, Williams 16, Pogoy 11, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 6, Semerad 5, Reyes 5, Tautuaa 4, Seigle 0.

MERALCO 107 - Durham 39, Amer 21, Tolomia 9, Lanete 9, Dillinger 8, Hugnatan 7, Newsome 6, Hodge 4, Caram 4, Nabong 0.

Quarters: 29-17, 63-46, 89-84, 113-107.

 

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