TNT overcame a gritty stand by Columbian to come out a 101-98 victor Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, not only stretching the KaTropa’s winning streak to five but also keeping alive their hopes of clinching the No. 2 spot in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
Jayson Castro finished with 20 points and seven assists while four other teammates scored in double figures in a fine show of a balanced attack that went well with TNT’s usual harassing defense.
Still, it took a couple of three-point misses by Rashawn McCarthy in the dying seconds before the KaTropa could improve their overall record to 7-3 and solidify their hold on third spot, half-a-game behind Rain or Shine.
Another win by TNT against NorthPort on Sunday and the KaTropa would bump off the Elasto Painters from the coveted spot and its accompanying win-once advantage over the No. 7 squad in the eight-team quarterfinals.
“Very important game,” said KaTropa coach Bong Ravena. “Still a must-win game for us every game and hopefully, last game we’ll come out strong. We have to win our last game.”