Terrence Jones, showing probably just a glimpse of what he can do in his initial outing in the local pro league, fired away 41 points before sitting out the last 5:11 of the game as TNT KaTropa trounced NLEX, 102-87, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Center here.
Jones actually got off to a flat start before cranking up in the second period to lead a mighty TNT pull-away en route to a good, victorious first outing in the mid-season tourney.
The KaTropa were enjoying a 20-point spread at 95-75 with 5:11 to go when coach Bong Ravena called it a night for their highly touted import.
Jones, a US NCAA champ with the Kentucky Wildcats and a six-season NBA veteran, displayed his scoring prowess in his 41-point explosion on 16-of-33 clip.
He also came through with 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in what’s the most impressive performance so far among the imports in the tourney.
And it was a good birthday present for the TNT bench chieftain.
“Thank you for the win. Importante yon sa amin sa tournament na ito where you need to pile up wins as early as you can,” said Ravena.
TNT 102 – Jones 41, A. Semerad 11, Williams 10, Castro 9, Trollano 8, Pogoy 6, Taha 4, Rosario 4, Heruela 4, D. Semerad 4, Reyes 1, Miranda 0, Casino 0.
NLEX 87 – Washington 18, Ighalo 14, Erram 14, Tiongson 10, Magat 9, Lao 7, Galanza 6, Fonacier 4, Tallo 2, Soyud 2, Paredes 1, Baguio 0, Paniamogan 0.
Quarterscores: 18-23, 52-39, 81-60, 102-87.