PBA: TNT issues 38-point beating to hapless Elite
Paul Lintag on Mar 09, 2019 06:37 PM
Total domination for TNT against Blackwater in Antipolo.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Strongest signal for the year for TNT.
The KaTropa issued a massive beating to Blackwater Saturday at the Ynares Center here, picking up an impressive 127-89 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
TNT used a sensational fourth quarter to fully bury the Elite. Up by 20, the KaTropa unleashed a blazing offense that allowed them to take a commanding 44-point lead before settling for the 38-point win.
38 points ties Blackwater’s largest final margin of defeat in franchise history.
“We’re happy for the win but, first half, especially in the second [quarter] we were not happy because they scored 34 points,” head coach Bong Ravena said.
“So during the halftime, we told them na we have to stay in control especially on defense and lock in on defense. I'm glad na-pull through nila. Yun lang yung story. Depensa parin. We had to make stops,” he added.
While defense was the point of emphasis, it was TNT’s offense that shined and eventually overwhelmed the Elite.
The KaTropa set the record for most unanswered points to start a quarter in PBA history, opening the fourth period with 26 straight points.
That was part of a larger 31-0 run from the third quarter that allowed TNT to take a commanding 44-point advantage, 116-72.
The KaTropa’s 31-0 run is the second most unanswered points in PBA history. Ginebra holds the record with a 32-0 run.
RR Pogoy had a hand in TNT’s big run, scoring 12 points in the fourth to finish with 28 overall, leading all scorers. Jericho Cruz added 20 points, 11 in the final period.
Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes were good for 17 and 14 poitns respectively as the KaTropa improved to 5-3 in the team standings with three straight wins.
Blackwater got 20 from Mike Digregorio but the loss dropped the Elite to 2-7.
TNT 127 - Pogoy 28, Cruz 20, Rosario 17, Reyes 14, Trollano 11, Semerad 9, Taha 8, Heruela 6, Casino 5, Carey 4, Williams 2, Castro 2, Bono 1.
Blackwater 89 - Digregorio 20, Maliksi 13, Banal 9, Al-Hussaini 8, Belo 8, Sena 6, Jose 6, Desiderio 5, Sumang 4, Javier 4, Dario 3, Cortez 2, Tratter 1, Eriobu 0.
Quarters: 19-11, 56-45, 90-72, 127-89.
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