Michael Craig triple-double powers TNT to 106-96 opening game win over KIA

PBA Media Bureau

TNT KaTropa’s well-stocked arsenal just unveiled another potent weapon.

Michael Craig marked his league debut with a triple double powering the KaTropa to a 106-96 victory over Kia Friday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Craig finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists while the likes of Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro led the KaTropa who made the biggest contributions and helped spell their fine start in the season-ending tourney.

The way his charges took full control of the game in the second quarter, led by as many as 17 points and easily shook off Kia’s protracted uprisings clearly pleased TNT coach Nash Racela.

“We didn’t really know what to expect going to this game,” said Racela, whose team took a break after the Commissioner’s Cup finals against San Miguel Beer and returned to practice only two Mondays ago.

“We prioritized rest. We thought they needed that,” added Racela. “But we never had any tune-up game, so I really didn’t know what to expect today.” – PBA

The scores:

TNT 106 – Craig 21, Rosario 18, Castro 16, Williams 11, Hernandez 8, Pogoy 8, Semerad 7, Tautuaa 7, De Ocampo 6, Carey 4, Garcia 0, Seigle 0, Tamsi 0

KIA 96 – Cummings 27, Celda 14, Revilla 8, Salva 8, Paniamogan 8, Corpuz 5, Elorde 5, Khobuntin 4, Galanza 4, Camson 4, Jaime 3, Nimes 3, Deutchman 3, Yee 0

Quarterscores: 25-21, 53-44, 79-71, 106-96.