TNT rolls past Meralco for biggest win of the season

Paul Lintag on Jan 21, 2018 06:46 PM
TNT rolls past Meralco for biggest win of the season
Behind a balanced attack, TNT simply outgunned the Bolts for its first winning streak this year and a 3-2 record.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- TNT is starting to find its footing in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.

The KaTropa scored their biggest victory of the season so far, shutting down Meralco, 99-81, Sunday at the Ynares Center here.

Behind a balanced attack, TNT simply outgunned the Bolts for its first winning streak this year and a 3-2 record.

The KaTropa fired 18 triples against Meralco, leading by as many as 22 points in the second half after controlling the game from the start.

TNT started on a 13-1 run right off the bat as Troy Rosario scored 12 points in the opening period. A day after his birthday, Troy shot 60 percent from deep to finish with a game-high 22 points on top of 10 rebounds.

The FEU connection of RR Garcia and RR Pogoy also had great games, scoring 18 and 15 points respectively. Garcia added another eight assists while Jayson Castro dropped 12 points for the KaTropa.

"Today from start to end, we were able to do that. The intensity level was consistent. Siguro medyo bumababa ng kaunti but kaunting-kaunti lang. That's our goal as a team, maging consistent on both ends," head coach Nash Racela said.

"Today, despite us using a lot of people, medyo consistent the whole 48 minutes," he added.

As for the Bolts, now losers of three straight for a 1-3 mark, Baser Amer led the way with 20 points, six rebounds, and six asssists. Jared Dillinger added 14 while KG Canaleta was good for 11.

 

The Scores:

TNT 99 — Rosario 22, Garcia 18, Pogoy 15, Castro 12, Reyes 10, Semerad 10, Carey 3, Hernandez 3, Tautuaa 2, Torres 2, Williams 2, Golla 0, Onwubere 0.

MERALCO 81 — Amer 20, Dillinger 14, Canaleta 11, Tolomia 8, Newsome 6, Lanete 5, Bono 4, Hugnatan 4, Ballesteros 3, Faundo 3, Baracael 2, , Sedurifa 1, Caram 0, Salva 0.

Quarters: 27-18, 46-36, 73-62, 99-81.


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