TNT explodes for third win, Columbian bounces back

The TNT KaTropa continue their undefeated run this conference. They put on an all-out offensive show against the Phoenix Fuel Masters to win, 123-118. The KaTropa get their third straight win for a share of the top seed. Phoenix drops down to 1-3.

Two players scored more than 30 points and two other players scored at least 20 points for TNT. KJ McDaniels put up 32 points on 54% shooting with eight rebounds and six assists. Troy Rosario added 32 points of his own at a sizzling 78% clip. RR Pogoy added 22 points with five triples and Jayson Castro scored 20. Matthew Wright scored 30 and Eugene Phelps added 29 to lead Phoenix.

TNT burst out of the gates in the first period. Behind McDaniels, Rosario and Pogoy, they were able to build an early nine-point lead. The Fuel Masters battled back in the second period. Wright and Phelps were joined by Jason Perkins to pull Phoenix to within four points heading into the break. The game was tight all the way to the final quarter after that.

The KaTropa once again caught fire early in the fourth quarter. Holding only a four-point lead, TNT put on a shooting display in the opening minutes of the final period to rebuild their double-digit lead. McDaniels and Pogoy dropped back-to-back triples to bring the lead back up to 10. From there, Rosario’s hot outside shooting kept the KaTropa up until the very end.

In the first game of the day, CJ Perez and Robert Bolick once again renewed their rookie rivalry. Perez got the upper hand with his team, the Columbian Dyip getting the 114-108 win over the NorthPort Batang Pier. Columbian bounces back from their last loss to rise up to 2-1 while NorthPort drops to 1-2.

Perez played big with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Khapri Alston had 25 points and 17 rebounds, anchoring the paint for the Dyip. Rashawn McCarthy added 18 points in the win. Bolick tried to power the Batang Pier to a win with 23 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.

It was actually NorthPort that took the lead early in the game. Behind Bolick’s scoring and playmaking, NorthPort was able to take an eight-point lead after the first 12 minutes. The Batang Pier held steady with the lead for most of the first half.

Columbian came roaring back in the second half. Down by six midway through the period, Perez and Alston teamed up to lead the Dyip to a comeback. They combined for an 8-0 run to reclaim the lead from NorthPort. Perez and Alston then scored on back-to-back hits to put the Dyip up by seven near the end of the third period. In the final period, Alston, Perez and Eric Camson went on an 11-4 run, turning a four-point lead into a nine-point advantage. That was enough of a cushion to secure the win.