TNT slams GlobalPort 109-101 behind Castro’s 20 to take 1-0 QF series lead

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PBA Media Bureau

The TNT KaTropa overcame an early deficit before firing on all cylinders to outgun to beat the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 109-101, and take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three Oppo PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jayson Castro scored 20 points on 7-for-12 (58-percent) shooting while Mo Tautuaa posted 17 points and nine rebounds for TNT, which trailed by double figures in the first quarter before exploding for a 37-point period in the second.

Larry Fonacier also scored 17 points, including five three-pointers, for the KaTropa. Troy Rosario had 11 points and eight rebounds while Matt Ganuelas-Rosser finished with 10 points and a team-high four assists.

TNT now needs to win just one more game to advance to the semifinal round. – InterAksyon.com

The scores:

TNT KaTropa 109 – Castro 20, Tautuaa 17, Fonacier 17, Rosario 11, Rosser 10, Rosales 8, Pogoy 6, Reyes 6, Williams 6, de Ocampo 4, Carey 2, Seigle 2, Sumalinog 0, Tamsi 0.

GlobalPort Batang Pier 101 – Romeo 28, Pringle 19, Pennisi 14, Cortez 8, Canaleta 7, Pessumal 5, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Semerad 2, Andrada 0, Urbiztondo 0, Paredes 0.

Quarterscores: 24-34, 61-56, 86-71, 109-101.