TNT stops Blackwater win streak at 3, improves to 4-2 with 117-96 victory

PBA Media Bureau

TNT has been hit by injuries and lack of bonding time when some of its players had to represent the country abroad.

“We are all aware there are certain situations we are in now which are not too ideal,” admitted coach Nash Racela.

“We are looking for stability at this point,” added Racela. “As a coach I don’t really know what to expect from them, except they’ll give their best.”

TNT allayed most of Racela’s worries by manhandling Blackwater 117-96 Wednesday as the KaTropa notched back-to-back wins for the first time in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Glen Rice Jr. scattered 31 points and got the much-needed support from his local teammates in the KaTropa’s more lopsided follow up to their 110-103 victory over Phoenix last Friday.

With Kelly Williams coming off the bench to add 21 points and fellow relievers Jayson Castro and Rudy Lingganay chipping in at least 10 points each TNT had little trouble in notching the wire-to-wire win that was its fourth in six games overall.

The loss foiled Blackwater’s bid to notch a first-ever four-game winning streak for the franchise as it now stands at 3-4. – PBA

The scores:

TNT 117 – Rice Jr. 31, Williams 21, Castro 11, Lingganay 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 8, Pogoy 8, De Ocampo 7, Carey 6, Rosario 3, Semerad 3, Golla 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0.

BLACKWATER 96 – Walker 33, Erram 18, Digregorio 12, Sumang 8, Belo 7, Canaleta 6, Cruz 4, Pinto 4, Gamalinda 2, Pascual 2, Miranda 0, Sena 0.

Quarterscores: 28-25, 62-40, 92-71, 117-96.