Written by Vinz Miguel Alcid
Roger Pogoy caught fire and scored a scintillating career-high 38 points as the TNT KaTropa thwarted Ginebra, 104-96. TNT have now stringed three consecutive wins with a big win against powerhouse San Miguel and now, over the defending champs.
They are now tied with Blackwater Elite and Northport Batang Pier as the league leaders, each with a 5-1 record. Ginebra falls down to 2-3.
Pogoy was red hot the whole game. He went full ballistic from the three point area, finishing with 10 makes on a crazy efficient 55% shooting. Super import Terrence Jones had another solid outing, pinching in a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 16 assists despite shooting just 33% from the field. Jayson Castro also finished with 17.
In practically a game of runs from both teams, TNT delivered the final blow courtesy of a 35-17 run during the final stretch. Ginebra was still leading 79-69, early in the fourth, before the KaTropa unleashed their pivotal turnaround.
Pogoy fired away four of his 10 three pointers during this crucial stretch and in one instance, scored eight straight points to put away the Gin Kings for good.
Ginebra import Justin Brownlee was his usual self finishing with 29 points and 17 rebounds. LA Tenorio added 18 points and seven dimes. They have now dropped their second straight game as turnovers seemed to continually haunt them this conference.
In the first game, the Northport Batang Pier scored their second straight win and are now also sitting on top of the standings. They took down Magnolia, 102-99, and keep the Hotshots winless in their first two games. Northport have now won five of their six games.
The Batang Pier used an overall balance scoring to fend off the Hotshots. Seven players scored in double digits led by Sean Anthony who finished with 22 points together with eight rebounds and four assists. Paolo Taha chipped in 16 points. Moala Tautuua and Jonathan Grey each had 14 points while Robert Bolick and import Prince Ibeh added 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Northport was solid throughout the game. After leading, 48-43, entering the second half, they used a third quarter surge to lead by as much as 16 points and never looked back. They also got timely baskets during the crucial stretch whenever Magnolia is knocking on the door.
The Batang Pier also managed to limit Magnolia’s new reinforcement, James Farr, to a lowly 11 points on a horrific 5/26 fg shooting. This is, of course, anchored by their own reinforcement in Ibeh, who recorded four blocks and effectively spirited their defense.
Magnolia was led by Ian Sangalang, who scored 21 points. Robert Herndon added 18. Paul Lee finished with 16 points. But their efforts were not enough as they continue to search for their first win of the conference.