TNT KaTropa 118 – Columbian Dyip 114
Finally, the TNT KaTropa ended their three-game losing streak with an overtime win over the Columbian Dyip. With Coach Nash Racela placed on an extended leave, interim coach Eric Gonzales led the charge and his players responded with a gutsy win. Jayson Castro led the way with 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Terrence Romeo had 22 points and six assists.
The KaTropa rushed out of the gates strong. They exploded for a 40-point first quarter, as Castro and Romeo got hot early. The two were responsible for the first 13 points of their team in the game. Romeo’s three-pointer midway through the first quarter gave TNT a double-digit lead. TNT held on to a double-digit lead for most of the game.
Columbian didn’t allow them to run away with the game. The Dyip continuously chipped away at the KaTropa lead. In the fourth period, Rashawn McCarthy and Akeem Wright made their run. Columbian tied the game at 89 and both teams traded blows from that point on. Pogoy scored on a trey to give TNT a four-point lead with a little over a minute left in regulation. But Wright brought the Dyip back with two strong drives resulting in a layup and a nice pass to Russell Escoto to tie the game. Romeo’s stretch layup in the final seconds rimmed out as the game went into OT.
In the extra period, Castro and Romeo towed their team to the win. Castro nailed a big trey to break a 112 tie. Romeo added a layup to give TNT a three-point lead after a Columbian basket. Castro then iced the game with a free throw. The KaTropa earned a hard-fought win to end their drought.
Barangay Ginebra 109 – Alaska Aces 101
After a 30-20 performance in his first game, Justin Brownlee managed to top that with an even stronger showing. He erupted for 45 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists as Barangay Ginebra ended the Alaska Aces’ winning run. The sheer numbers only tell part of the story as Brownlee played big in the end game to lead Ginebra to the win.
It was a tight, defensive contest in the first half. Alaska took an early eight-point lead but Ginebra’s outside shooting started to click giving them the lead after one quarter. Ginbera built a lead as big as seven points before Simon Enciso and Mike Harris pulled the Aces back in the game. Alaska was only down by two heading into the halftime break.
The offense started to flow in the second half. Brownlee opened the third quarter with a big three-pointer, a sign of things to come later in the game. The Ginebra locals started to pad the scoring as LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar teamed up to put Ginebra up by 10 midway through the third period. Alaska tried to make a big dent in the deficit but Brownlee and Aguilar kept Ginebra ahead.
The Aces staged one final run late in the game. Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel teamed up to get Alaska as close as three points. But Brownlee shut the door on the Aces. Brownlee scored 11 points in the final minutes of the game to keep the Aces at bay. He scored on a turnaround jumper over Banchero to extent the Ginebra lead. He scored on a jumper over Kevin Racal and then on a strong layup over Noy Baclao. Brownlee nailed back-to-back daggers, the second being an and-one to extend the lead to nine points. That was more than enough to give Ginebra the win.
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