TNT crushes NorthPort for third straight win

TNT Tropang Giga captured its ninth victory in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup after outlasting the Northport Batang Pier, 102-92, at the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Mikey Williams led the way with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting highlighted by 5 three-pointers to go along with 3 rebounds and 5 assists.

The 6-foot-2 Filipino-American guard scored 19 of his 29 points in the 2nd half.

Kib Montalbo posted a career-high 22 points on 61% shooting from field while Troy Rosario recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Kelly Williams added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

TNT coach Chot Reyes praised the 26-year-old guard out of De La Salle University for his performance against the Pido Jarencio-mentored squad.

“Kib (Montalbo) has been putting into work. And then the work he put in practice, extra shots, spending time in the weight rooms, extra conditioning, I think it’s showing on the basketball court” said Reyes.

NorthPort, on the other hand, failed to claim their fourth consecutive win after falling into the hands of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Champions.

Paolo Taha paced the Greg Slaughter-less team with 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting while Kevin Ferrer tallied 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Jamie Malonzo added 15 points, 6 boards and 2 dimes.

The scores :

TNT 102 – , M. Williams 29, Montalbo 22, Rosario 18, K. Williams 11, Castro 9, Reyes 6, Heruela 4, Pogoy 3, Erram 0, Marcelo 0, Mendoza 0, Alejandro 0

NorthPort 92 – Taha 20, Ferrer 17, Malonzo 15, Bolick 12, Grey 10, Onwubere 8, Balanza 4, Lanete 4, Elorde 1, Rike 0

Quarterscores: 19-22, 42-41, 76-64, 102-92.

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