PBA: TNT makes quick work of Columbian
Paul Lintag on Jun 01, 2018 06:30 PM
Leading by as many as 40 points, TNT regained a share of first place by improving to 5-1 in the standings but it was their huge first-quarter performance that did the trick.
TNT wasted little time against Columbian.
The KaTropa unloaded on the Dyip right in the opening period and cruised to a comfortable 123-95 win Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena.
Leading by as many as 40 points, 117-77, TNT regained a share of first place by improving to 5-1 in the standings but it was their huge first-quarter performance that did the trick.
At the end of 12 minutes, TNT was already up by 19, 36-17.
The KaTropa scored another 36 points in the second period and the game was effectively over by halftime.
"We knew going to this that Columbian is definitely a better team now," head coach Nash Racela said.
"We based it on their previous games if they start strong, obviously they will win by a big margin but the times they've lost they lost big also but because they didn't start well," he added.
Six players scored in double figures for TNT, lead by Troy Rosario who had 21 points, 10 in the opening quarter and 17 by halftime.
Terrence Romeo added 19 and Jericho Cruz finished with 17 points. Returning import Joshua Smith played 13 minutes and shot 100 percent for 11 points.
For the Dyip, losers of back-to-back games, John Fields led the way with 34 points.
Columbian dropped to 3-4 with the loss.
TNT KATROPA 123 – Rosario 21, Romeo 19, Cruz 17, Trollano 11, Williams 11, Smith 11, Carey 9, Garcia 7, Semerad 7, Pogoy 6, Golla 2, Reyes 1, Castro 1, Nuyles 0, Paredes 0, Saitanan 0.
COLUMBIAN 95 – Fields 34, Tubid 13, Camson 11, Lastimosa 9, Gabriel 6, Khobuntin 6, McCarthy 5, Cabrera 3, Ababou 3, Celda 2, Sara 2, King 1, Corpuz 0, Cahilig 0, Escoto 0.
Quarters: 36-17; 72-40; 98-65; 123-95.
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