Rice, TNT deal Phoenix its 6th straight loss with 110-103 victory

PBA Media Bureau

The son of the noted former NBA player finished with 38 points, double his output in his debut game, on top of nine rebounds, five assists and two defensive gems in the stretch.

Gilas stars Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy, plus veteran Ranidel de Ocampo, also made their presence felt in the crucial fourth quarter as TNT bounced back from a sorry 73-105 drubbing from Rain or Shine last Sunday and improved to a 3-2 record overall.

“We went into this game with the hope Glen will play a lot better than his first game and today he did,” said KaTropa coach Nash Racela. “Of course, the addition of our Gilas players also helped us.”

Indeed, Castro, despite his questionable status going to the game due to a bruised knee he suffered in Gilas’ last game in the FIBA Asia Cup, and Pogoy made crucial plays that enabled TNT to break off from the game’s ninth deadlock at 90.

Fielded only in the second half, Castro scattered nine of his points in the fourth canto and Pogoy five of his 13, including a charity that gave the KaTropa a 108-101 lead and practically iced the game, only 14.9 ticks left. – PBA

The scores:

TNT 110 – Rice Jr. 38, Williams 18, De Ocampo 14, Pogoy 13, Castro 11, Tautuaa 7, Semerad 7, Lingganay 2, Reyes 0, Carey 0, Hernandez 0.

PHOENIX 103 – Brown 49, Eriobu 12, Wright 11, Intal 10, Jazul 8, Chan 5, Alolino 4, Kramer 2, J. Wilson 2, Dehesa 0
Quarterscores: 25-23, 46-49, 86-79, 110-103.