Jones triple-double keeps TNT on top, Elorde and Bolick lead NorthPort to a win

Terrence Jones continued his torrid run this conference. He tallied a triple-double to lead the TNT KaTropa to their eighth straight win. They beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 102-81 to stay at the top of the standings with an 8-1 record. Rain or Shine stays at eighth with a 3-5 slate.

Jones did it all for TNT in their latest win. He scored 33 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out 13 assists. He also had four steals and two blocks to round out his numbers. RR Pogoy added 19 points and seven rebounds while Don Trollano scored 13 points from off the bench.

The KaTropa pulled away from the Elasto Painters midway through the second period. Jones sparked an 11-1 run that turned a five-point lead into a 12-point advantage. Jones got the run started with a three-pointer and an and-one bucket. Pogoy followed it up with a score and a free throw before Jayson Castro wrapped things up with an alley-oop highlight. TNT took a comfortable 14-point lead heading to the second half.

In the fourth quarter, it was Castro that came alive. He nailed back-to-back three-pointers to power a 12-1 run. That blast turned a nine-point lead into a 20-point spread and essentially put the game away.

In the first game, the NorthPort Batang Pier and the Columbian Dyip battled all the way to the final buzzer. In the end, the Batang Pier escaped with a 110-108 win over the Dyip thanks to a last-second mistake by Columbian’s import. NorthPort stays in second place with an 8-2 record while Columbian stays near the bottom with a 2-7 record.

The two teams traded baskets in the final minutes of their exciting game. After CJ Perez nailed a three-pointer to put Columbian up by one, Nico Elorde drilled back-to-back triples to give NorthPort a five-point lead. The Dyip didn’t let the Batang Pier build on that momentum. Rashawn McCarthy and Perez scored five straight points to tie the game with 10 seconds left.

The Batang Pier went to Robert Bolick to deliver the win. Bolick missed the layup but Columbian import Lester Prosper touched the rim during the contest to the shot. A goaltending violation was called and NorthPort took the lead on that call with nearly three seconds left. Eric Camson missed the game-tying attempt giving NorthPort the win.

Moala Tautuaa led the way with 23 points. Elorde finished with 14 points on four triples made. Bolick and Kevin Ferrer each had 21. Prosper led Columbian with 36.

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