TNT dominates Phoenix in a heated match-up, Blackwater uses balanced attack versus Rain or Shine

The TNT KaTropa superstars came out to play in a heated game. Terrence Jones, RR Pogoy and Jayson Castro led the charge as the KaTropa took down the Phoenix Fuel Masters 114-88. TNT jumps out to a 3-1 standing while Phoenix falls to 1-1.

Jones got back to his high scoring ways. After being held to below 20 points in their last game, he once again put up 40 points to lead all scorers in the game. Jones also had 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jones wasn’t alone in the win.

Pogoy caught fire from beyond the arc, hitting eight triples to power his 31-point output. Castro had a rough shooting night, hitting only three of his 10 attempts for 11 points. But he made up for it in other ways, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists to complete the triple-double. Matthew Wright had 21 to lead Phoenix.

The game started out intense as several players figured in a scuffle three minutes into the game. The Semerad Twins, David and Anthony along with Phoenix head coach Louie Alas and Jason Perkins were ejected from the game after the incident. TNT consultant Mark Dickel was also ejected from the game a few minutes later for throwing the ball.

The game stayed tight in the first quarter with both teams taking control of individual quarters. Jones sparked a 12-0 run to lead TNT to an eight-point lead in the first period. The Fuel Masters teamed up for a 13-0 run midway through the second period to get back in the game. The score was knotted at 52 heading to the half.

Unfortunately for Phoenix, Pogoy and Jones caught fire in the second half. The two combined for 11 points in a 13-2 run to start the third period. That run allowed the KaTropa to take control of the game once again, building a 12-point lead heading to the final period.

The dam broke in the fourth quarter. Jones led TNT on a 20-2 run to open the fourth period, effectively putting the game away. He was hitting shots from all over the court during that stretch. He scored 12 points on drives, triples and even from the line.

The game didn’t end without one final incident. Jones and Calvin Abueva got tangled up in the final few minutes leading to Abueva’s ejection before TNT wrapped up the win.

In the first game, the Blackwater Elite bounced back from their first loss of the conference by dealing the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters another loss. Blackwater won the game 98-92 behind a balanced attack from their entire team.

The Elite were able to build a solid lead in the first three quarters and held back a final run by the Elasto Painters in the final period.

Down by five midway through the first period, Blackwater closed the quarter on a 10-0 run behind the inside play of Alex Stephenson and the outside shooting of Roi Sumang and Allein Maliksi. That gave the Elite a seven-point lead after one. That trend of closing out quarters strong continued throughout the game.

In the second period, Gelo Alolino and Sumang teamed up to score the final four points of the first half to increase Blackwater’s lead to double-digits at 10 points. In the third quarter, Blackwater’s offense once again kicked it up a notch in the final minutes. They teamed up to go on a 17-3 run to increase their lead to 16 points.

Rain or Shine got as close as four points in the final period but Blackwater closed out the game with clutch free throws.

Five players scored in double figures for the Elite. Maliksi led the way with 19 points followed by 16 each from Mike DiGregorio and Bobby Ray Parks. Stephenson and Sumang scored 13 and 11 respectively. Denzel Bowles led the Elasto Painters with 27.

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