KaTropa upsets Elasto Painters to nab third, Hotshots take down Beermen

TNT Ka Tropa 100 – Rain ot Shine Elasto Painters 85

The TNT KaTropa welcomed back import Joshua Smith after missing a game due to a nose injury. The big man was key in the upset win over the top-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters as TNT secured the third seed heading into the quarterfinals.

Smith powered his way inside with 25 points and 13 rebounds. With Smith occupying space in the middle, TNT used their slick passint to execute their offense. They proceeded to slowly build a double-digit lead in the first three quarters. TNT managed to erect an 18-point lead heading into the final period.

Rain or Shine didn’t allow TNT to run away with an easy win without a fight. They relied on their usual balanced attack to go on an 18-8 run and cut the deficit down to single digits. The KaTropa didn’t allow the Elasto Painters to get any closer. They nailed three straight treys, two from Troy Rosario and one from Anthony Semerad, to pull away for good.

Rosario backed up Smith with 19 points while Ryan Reyes added 12. Terrence Romeo stepped in for Jayson Castro who was resting after his Gilas stint. He only scored 2 points but dished out 12 assists to help TNT get the W.

Magnolia Hotshots 101 – San Miguel Beermen 97

The Magnolia Hotshots needed a 14-point win to avoid the twice-to-beat disadvantage. They failed to reach that mark but still got the win over the San Miguel Beermen. Both have identical 6-5 records but with the Beermen holding superior quotient, they take the 6th seed while the Hotshots fall to 7.

It waa a tight game as both teams were looking to avoid a bottom two spot in the quarterfinals. Magnolia could only muster a one-point lead heading into halftime. They had to battle back from a 10-point deficit as San Miguel pounded the ball inside. Wayne Chism teamed up with Ian Sangalang to push Magnolia ahead.

The Beermen pulled even to start the fourth period. But the Magnolia bench teamed up to go on a 9-2 run capped by five straight from Robbie Herndon. That gave Magnolia some breathing room. Chism, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca all scored crucial baskets to keep the lead with Magnolia until the end.