PBA: All-Filipino TNT stops Meralco
Paul Lintag on Aug 19, 2018 09:22 PM
Terrence Romeo finishes with a near triple-double as the KaTropa score their first win of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
ANTIPOLO CITY --- No import, no problem for the KaTropa.
The All-Filipino TNT stopped Meralco Sunday in the 2018 Governors' Cup, scoring a pulsating 92-90 victory at the Ynares Center here.
Struggling in the fourth period, Jayson Castro got the lucky bounce on a three-point shot to tie things up at 85 with 1:45 to go.
After forcing multiple stops, Castro then found Terrence Romeo all alone in the corner for another booming triple, this time giving TNT a 90-85 lead with 21 seconds left.
That was enough for the KaTropa to hold on and improve to 1-1 for the conference, the same as the Bolts.
"It's a nice win for us today. I think it's forcing us to think playing all-Filipino the whole conference. Last conference we won a game without an import. Today we did it again. The only reason why the locals went out to play today," head coach Nash Racela said.
"That's always the expectation that even we have an import, we play the same way, because we should not be reliant on just one guy," he added.
It was a pretty even game on both ends as both teams traded leads throughout.
The Bolts were on their way to victory after TNT for the better part of the fourth but they never did pull away for good, giving the KaTropa a chance in the end.
TNT ended up taking advantage of that chance with Castro, Romeo, and Pogoy making things happen in the final two minutes.
Romeo dropped 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the KaTropa while Pogoy finished with 19 points. Castro was good for 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
For Meralco, Allen Durham played like a Best Import again, going for 27 points, 22 rebounds, and eight assists.
TNT 92 - Romeo 23, Pogoy 19, Castro 16, Rosario 13, Williams 7, Garcia 7, Semerad 3, Golla 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 0, Carey 0.
Meralco 90 - Durham 27, Amer 18, Newsome 10, Hodge 9, Canaleta 9, Tolomia 8, Caram 6, de Ocampo 2, Hugnata 1, Salva 0, Sedurifa 0, Lanete 0.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 43-41, 68-61, 92-90
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