PBA: Romeo struggles but TNT takes care of Globalport in chippy game
Paul Lintag on Apr 22, 2018 09:42 PM
Terrence struggled offensive but he had help in beating his former team. (PBA Images)
Terrence Romeo is not the only star in TNT.
He's only the latest star to play for the KaTropa.
As the Bro struggled in his first game for the flagship MVP franchise, the rest of TNT's retooled backcourt shined in an impressive 128-114 victory Sunday at the Big Dome over Globalport to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
After the Batang Pier erased the KaTropa's 21-point lead, Jayson Castro took over early in the fourth, scoring seven straight points to restore a 96-83 advantage.
RR Pogoy and Jericho Cruz then took turns burning Globalport from deep as the KaTropa opened up a 105-89 lead with eight minutes remaining. Despite a chippy ending, TNT was never truly challenged after that.
"It's nice that the PBA is allowing some level of physicality, but if it gets to a point where players intentionally hurt each other, then we should all question that," head coach Nash Racela said.
"I feel there were really unnecessary actions in some possessions, that I think the Commissioner has to look at, so that we and the fans will be able to enjoy the game more," he added.
More than a couple of incidents happened Sunday involving different players.
In the first half, Globaport import Malcolm White got entangled with TNT reserve Jassie Santanan.
Late in the game, RR Pogoy got a hit to the face from Joseph Gabayni.
Perhaps the most intense skirmish was the one between Mo Tautuaa and TNT import Jeremy Tyler. In the fourth period, after Mo scored a dunk, he appeared to "kick" Tyler, causing the import to hold on to his leg while Tautuaa was still hanging in the rim.
Mo retaliated by actually kicking Tyler. He was ejected after that.
"You saw the game. It's nice, we encourage our players to be physical and not be afraid of the other teams. That's exactly the reason why we got some new players whom we think are tough players, so that gives us now a different kind of identity," Racela said.
"But again, I go back to excessive movements on the part of the players. So we really have to take notice of that, because after all, we're all after the good of the players," he added.
But back to the game, Castro led the KaTropa with 21 points, 18 in the second half. The Blur also had 10 assists.
Pogoy added another 20 points and Cruz scored 16. Ryan Reyes had 13 points while Romeo and Don Trollano were good for 11 each.
Tyler scored 14 for TNT.
For the Batang Pier, it was Sean Anthony that led the way with 34 points including 19 in the second quarter. White finished with 27 before fouling out.
TNT 128 - Castro 21, Pogoy 20, Cruz 16, Tyler 14, Reyes 13, Romeo 11, Trollano 11, Rosario 8, Paredes 5, Golla 3, Carey 3, Saitanan 3, Garcia 0.
GLOBALPORT 114 - Anthony 34, White 27, Pringle 14, Elorde 10, Tautuaa 10, Nabong 9, Grey 8, Juico 2, Teng 0, Arana 0, Viernes 0, Guinto 0, Gabayni 0, Sargent 0.
Quarters: 34-15, 58-49, 83-81, 128-114.
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