TNT moves 1 win away from semis with 102-84 rout of Meralco

PBA Media Bureai

TNT KaTropa import Joshua Smith was suffering from a bum stomach, but would not let his teammates do all the work.

“I wasn’t a hundred percent today, but I wasn’t going to let my teammates go out there by themselves,” said Smith. “I wanted to help them out.”

Smith sure did, helping the KaTropa deal the Meralco Bolts a 102-84 drubbing Monday at the start of their quarterfinals duel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro scattered a game-high 25 points and joined hands while Smith came off the bench for 19 points in leading a balanced attack that netted TNT as much as a 93-69 spread.

The duel resumes Wednesday with TNT needing just another win to earn the right to face the winner of the other quarterfinals pairing between Barangay Ginebra and GlobalPort.

“I think offensively we were just blessed to have contributions from almost everybody. That doesn’t normally happen,” said KaTropa coach Nash Racela. – PBA

The scores:

TNT 102 – Castro 25, Smith 19, Tautuaa 13, Rosario 9, Garcia 9, Reyes 6, Semerad 5, Pogoy 4, Nuyles 2, De Ocampo 0, Rosales 0, Golla 0, Carey 0.

MERALCO 84 – Newsome 21, Amer 14, Dillinger 12, Hugnatan 11, Yeo 10, Stepheson 9, Caram 3, Hodge 2, Uyloan 2, Faundo 0, Nabong 0, Bono 0.

Quarterscores: 25-13, 42-27, 69-59, 102-84.


2018 PBA All-Star Week: Schedule and Participants

Date: Wednesday, May 23 Time: 7:00pm Venue: Davao del Sur Coliseum Side event: Shootout (4 tandems) 1. Allan Caidic and Secretary Bong Go 2. Kenneth Duremdes and Manny Pacquiao 3....

2018 Commissioner’s Cup Team Standings

The 2018 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup, also known as the 2018 Honda–PBA Commissioner's Cup for sponsorship reasons, will be the second conference...

PBA releases partial 2018 Commissioner’s Cup elims schedule

The PBA has released through its social media accounts a partial schedule of the upcoming 2018 Commissioner's Cup signed by no less than league...

WATCH: LA Tenorio vs Jason Perkins!

Brgy. Ginebra lead point guard LA Tenorio and Phoenix rookie Jason Perkins figured in a physical altercation during the 6:39 mark of the 3rd...

Justin Brownlee takes over from Charles Garcia as Brgy. Ginebra import

After 4 games with Charles Garcia, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel has decided to bring back resident import Justin Brownlee in time for its game...

WATCH: Raymond Almazan hits Malcolm White with his upper arm, taunts him afterwards!

Chris Tiu got a bloodied mouth Sunday but wound up busting GlobalPort's hopes instead. Tiu exemplified Rain or Shine resolve by helping the team overcome...