TNT blasts Phoenix for 2nd straight win, takes early lead in Commissioner’s Cup


PBA Media Bureau

TNT KaTropa went on a pivotal third quarter run to turn back Phoenix, 106-98, and take the early solo lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center here Saturday.

Troy Rosario and Terrence Romeo sparked that offensive outburst by connecting a three-pointer each in a 16-6 run to turn around a close game in the first half.

The KaTropa outscored the Fuel Masters in the entire third period, 34-20, to carry with them a 16-point lead heading into the final quarter of the main game of the Petron Saturday Special.

Romeo topscored with 21 points but was 3-of-11 from three-point range, while Rosario had 13 for TnT, which won for the second straight game to stay alone on top of the standings.

Jayson Castro finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, import Jeremy Tyler had eight of his 17 points in the final quarter and added 15 rebounds, while Jericho Cruz chipped in 14.

Phoenix fell to an even 1-1 record despite getting 32 points and 11 rebounds from import James White.

The scores:

TNT 106 – Romeo 21, Castro 18, Tyler 17, Cruz 14, Rosario 13, Reyes 7, Golla 5, Trollano 5, Pogoy 3, Semerad 2, Carey 1, Saitanan 0, Paredes 0

Phoenix 98 – White 32, Perkins 12, Wright 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 6, Alolino 6, Chan 5, Chua 4, Eriobu 2, Gamboa 2, Wilson 2, Intal 1, Dehesa 1, Hayes 0, Revilla 0

Quarterscores: 26-26, 49-47, 83-67, 106-98.



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