TNT pulls off escape act over NorthPort to remain perfect at 5-0

For the third straight time TNT had the same problem and yet came up with the same result.

Despite giving up another 30-point quarter the tournament-leading KaTropa still emerged a 103-100 winner over NorthPort Wednesday in a thriller of a match to stay unbeaten in the PBA Governors Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

KJ McDaniels had game-highs of 30 points and 18 rebounds but it was Troy Rosario who hogged most of the limelight by scattering 17 of his 22 points in the final period, capping his heroics with a shotclock-beating triple that put TNT up for good.

It also didn’t hurt TNT that Ryan Reyes pulled off a steal off Mychal Ammons in the last two seconds, preventing the NorthPort import from a putback that would have overhauled the Batang Pier’s one-point deficit.

That swipe also led to two free throws by Rosario that made it a 103-101 game, a count that stood when Sean Anthony’s three-point try fell short at the buzzer.

It was the closest winning margin by the KaTropa yet after topping Phoenix Pulse and Columbian by five in their last two outings.

The scores:

TNT 103 – McDaniels 30, Rosario 22, Pogoy 17, Castro 10, Trollano 10, Reyes 6, Carey 2, De Leon 2, Magat 2, Heruela 2, Vosotros 0.

NorthPort 100 – Lanete 23, Ammons 14, Bolick 12, Ferrer 11, Taha 10, Anthony 8, Mercado 6, Cruz 4, Tautuaa 4, Escoto 3, King 3, Elorde 2.

Quarterscores: 24-18, 46-38, 65-70, 103-100.

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