TNT improves to 5-3 with 113-107 win over Meralco

PBA Media Bureau

TNT is steadily getting its bearings back and is ready to make a push towards a coveted goal.

At least that’s what coach Nash Racela alluded to after his KaTropa survive a gritty Meralco challenge to come out a 113-107 victor Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Glen Rice capped a 32-point, 11-rebound night with a drive that started TNT’s decisive break from a 107-105 count before Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy delivered the charities inside the last 57 seconds that made sure the team stayed on course.

Defense also played a key role for TNT’s fifth win in eight games as Meralco went 1-for-4 in its last offensive thrusts, a stretch highlighted by Castro blocking Jared Dillinger and Kelly Williams drawing an offensive foul from Allen Durham.

As a result, the KaTropa moved up to No. 4, just behind the Bolts who dropped to 5-2, 7-2 NLEX and 6-1 leader Barangay Ginebra. – PBA

The scores:

TNT 113 – Rice Jr. 32, Castro 27, Williams 16, Pogoy 11, Rosario 7, De Ocampo 6, Semerad 5, Reyes 5, Tautuaa 4, Seigle 0.

MERALCO 107 – Durham 39, Amer 21, Tolomia 9, Lanete 9, Dillinger 8, Hugnatan 7, Newsome 6, Hodge 4, Caram 4, Nabong 0.

Quarters: 29-17, 63-46, 89-84, 113-107.