Forced to a grind-out game in the first three quarters, TNT shifted to higher gear in the fourth period to hurdle tenacious Columbian 109-102 Friday and regain solo leadership in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Terrence Jones took his usual place at the forefront of the KaTropa’s attack by pouring in 14 of his game-high 39 points in the final canto, enabling his team to fully shake free of the dogged Dyip’s clutches.
After missing one game to tie the knot with his long-time partner, Jayson Castro returned to action and promptly notched 22 points while Roger Pogoy delivered 16 points as TNT notched its fifth straight win and improved to a 7-1 slate overall.
Winning coach Bong Ravena was simply glad his TNT side was able to overcome Columbian’s tough stance that even saw the Dyip lead by eight points thrice, the last at 66-58, midway in the third quarter.
“We started slow kaya medyo we were struggling,” said Ravena. “Plus, credit Columbian, they gave us a hard time. Good thing we came back in the second half.”