TNT clinches 3rd seed with 100-85 rout of top-seeded Rain or Shine

ByAllan Lim


PBA Media Bureau

TNT KaTropa snapped out of a two-game slide and formally clinched the 3rd seed going into the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a masterful 100-85 victory over the pace-setting Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Elasto Painters absorbed only their second defeat in 11 outings but still remained as the top seed.

Joshua Smith led the KaTropa with a game-high 25 points and 13 boards in 32 minutes of play.

Troy Rosario added 19 markers spiked by 4 out of 6 shooting from 3-point country to go with 8 rebounds and an assist.

Ryan Reyes also had a spectacular shooting night with 4 triples to finish with 12 points while Terrence Romeo only had 2 points in 26 minutes but dished out a game-high 12 assists.

Jayson Castro opted to sit out the game to rest following the gruelling 3rd window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Reggie Johnson led the Elasto Painters with 12 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi and James Yap contributed 11, 10 and 10 points respectively.

The scores:

TNT 100 – Smith 25, Rosario 19, Reyes 12, Williams 9, Pogoy 8, Semerad 6, Trollano 6, Cruz 5, Garcia 4, Paredes 4, Romeo 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Tamsi 0.

Rain or Shine 85 – Johnson 12, Tiu 11, Ahanmisi 10, Yap 10, Almazan 9, Belga 9, Nambatac 8, Onwubere 6, Daquioag 5, Torres 3, Maiquez 2, Norwood 0, Ponferrada 0, Borboran 0, Washington 0, Casino 0.

Quarterscores: 24-20, 47-39, 76-58, 100-85.

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