TNT was on a mission and pity Blackwater for being in its way.
Terrence Jones led a furious attack in the two middle quarters and the KaTropa secured a top two seeding in the next round with a cruising 115-97 victory over the hapless Elite Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro led the locals who did their part, but it was clearly Jones who took center stage with game-highs of 36 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple double in the mid-season conference.
Twenty-one of the former Houston Rocket’s points came in the second and third quarters, where TNT outscored Blackwater 66-43 to turn what started out as a tight contest into a lopsided one.
In the end, the tournament-leading KaTropa emerged with their seventh straight win and ninth in 10 games overall. Even if they lose their last game against Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok next Wednesday, they would drop no lower than second since only former conqueror NorthPort, idle at 8-2, can catch up.