McDaniels tallies 51 as TNT registers 116-113 come-from-behind win over Meralco

KJ McDaniels beat Allen Durham in an explosive shootout, with the TNT import spearheading their chase from 19 points down as the KaTropa kept their unbeaten run in the PBA Governors Cup via a 116-113 decision over the Meralco Bolts in their Petron Blaze Saturday matchup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

McDaniels erupted for 51 points as against Durham’s 43 and also collected 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal as he kept the KaTropa intact despite the Bolts’ early breakaway.

With McDaniels refusing to fold up, the KaTropa slowly got into the game before stemming the tide in their favor in the fourth quarter and going on to nail a sixth win in a row in the season-ending tourney.

The TNT KaTropa secured an outright spot in the quarterfinals while stopping Meralco’s own charge and relegating the Bolts to joint fourth with the Magnolia Hotshots and the Columbian Dyip at 3-2.

But coach Bong Ravena and his troops are still determined to get going, with their sights now set on a Top Two finish for a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

The KaTropa were still down, 84-87, through the end of the third. Then they stepped on the gas at the start of the fourth, racing ahead at 111-103.

The scores:

TNT 116 – McDaniels 51, Pogoy 23, Castro 21, Rosario 12, Trollano 6, Vosotros 3, De Leon 0, Washington 0, Taha 0, Carey 0, Reyes 0, Heruela 0.

Meralco 113 – Durham 43, Newsome 14, Amer 13, Almazan 10, Pinto 9, Canaleta 9, Quinto 7, Hugnatan 4, Salva 3, Faundo 1, Caram 0.

Quarterscores: 16-32, 49-52, 84-87, 116-113.

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