The last time sister teams Meralco and TNT faced off in the playoffs, the Bolts came out on top as they marched on to the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. The loss led to a shake-up for the KaTropa as they installed Nash Racela as head coach, and he went on to shape the long time contender’s lineup as he saw fit.
With their dominant 102-84 victory to kick of the quarterfinals in the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup, it is now clear that the changes have been working for TNT.
Jayson Castro led the KaTropa with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in the contest.
Newsome led Meralco with 21 points while Amer added 14. Veterans Dillinger, Reynel Hugnatan, and Joseph Yeo combined for 33 points but they could not compete against TNT with their import struggling for only 9 points (4 of 11 shooting) although he did grab 16 rebounds.