In a cardiac finish, the TNT KaTropa survived a ferocious challenge from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, pulling through with a 118-114 victory in their knockout quarterfinals match on Friday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
With 10.2 left and the score tied at 114-all, Glen Rice Jr. sprang from nowhere to score on a putback off an airball three-point attempt by Jayson Castro. After a ROS timeout, J’Nathan Bullock drove to the basket but made a bad pass to Beau Belga for a turnover. The E-Painters then sent Ryan Reyes to the charity stripe. Reyes hit both freebies for the final score.
The Texters thus arranged a best-of-5 semifinals duel against the defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel starting on Monday night. The other semifinal series pits the Meralco Bolts against the Star Hotshots, starting on Sunday.