PBA: TNT wins third straight after 23-point comeback vs. Northport
Paul Lintag on Sep 30, 2018 07:02 PM
Blakely, who scored 15 points in the final 12 minutes, hit the final go-ahead layup and helped make the last stop with 10 seconds to go as TNT escaped with its third straight win to climb back to .500 with a 4-4 mark.
TNT remains undefeated under new management.
The KaTropa scored a sensational come-from-behind win Sunday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, beating the Northport Batang Pier, 104-102, at the Big Dome.
Down by as many as 23 points, the KaTropa engineered a huge fourth-quarter rally behind import Marqus Blakely and guard Terrence Romeo.
Romeo scored back-to-back triples to tie the game at 96-all with less than three minutes to go. Terrence then found Don Trollano for another three as the KaTropa finally took the lead, 99-98.
Blakely, who scored 15 points in the final 12 minutes, then hit the final go-ahead layup and helped make the last stop with 10 seconds to go as TNT escaped with its third straight win to climb back to .500 with a 4-4 mark.
"Wala namang sikreto, working hard lang. Importante yung energy ng team na-sustain namin all throughout the game," head coach Bong Ravena said.
"Ang inemphasize namin is defense, as much as possible all game long dapat steady yung defense," he added.
Terrence fired a game-high 25 points for the KaTropa. He also had eight assists and three steals. Blakely powered through for 23 points and 11 rebounds in his second game for TNT.
TNT was falling apart in the first half, giving up 64 points and trailing by as many as 23, 37-60.
The KaTropa won the third period but were still down by 16 points as Jonathan Grey waxed hot from deep and scored 13 in the quarter for the Batang Pier.
It wasn't until the final six minutes when TNT turned the corner, turning to defense to significantly trim the lead. Taking advantage of a full-court press, Blakely scored two layups in a matter of nine seconds as the KaTropa trimmed the lead to six, 90-96.
That sequence, together with Romeo's back-to-back triples, was part of a two-man, 12-0 run that allowed TNT to climb out its in-game misery.
The loss was the latest heartbreaker for the Batang Pier and Northport remained winless in the Governors' Cup with a 0-6 mark.
Rashad Woods led the way with 19 points while Stanley Pringle, Mo Tautuaa, Jonathan Grey added 18 points each.
TNT 104 - Romeo 25, Blakely 23, Rosario 12, Cruz 11, Pogoy 10, Trollano 7, Garcia 6, Reyes 5, Williams 3, Carey 2.
NorthPort 102 - Woods 19, Pringle 18, Tautuaa 18, Grey 18, Anthony 15, Javelona 9, Taha 4, Guinto 1, Elorde 0, Fortuna 0, Arana 0, Espinas 0.
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