TNT KaTropa refused to fold up in a furious battle with NLEX, banking on the key plays of Glen Rice Jr., Kelly Williams and Jason Castro down the stretch to squeeze out a 112-107 win and climb to solo fourth spot in the PBA Governors Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo Wednesday.
The Road Warriors refused to give up but neither the Texters gave in, pulling through in the end and thus enhancing their Top Four aspiration with a 6-3 win-loss record.
Rice Jr. finished with a triple-double performance with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists as the Texters foiled the Road Warriors’ first crack at a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
The battle for the Top Four remained wide open at least among the seven leading teams with the Texters stopping the Road Warriors.
At 7-3, the Road Warriors, however, can still automatically claim a Top Four spot with a win over the Star Hotshots in the final play date of the elims. – PBA
TNT 112 – Rice Jr. 25, Williams 19, Rosario 17, Castro 13, Tautuaa 12, Semerad 10, Reyes 8, Pogoy 6, Carey 2, Nuyles 0.
NLEX 107 – Fuller 28, Mallari 19, Fonacier 10, Alas 9, Baguio 7, Lastimosa 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Tiongson 5, Soyud 5, Quinahan 5, Rios 2, Ighalo 2, Taulava 2, J. Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 25-20, 50-46, 83-77, 112-107.