TNT takes over the top spot, San Miguel bounces back

The TNT KaTropa fended off the pesky Columbian Dyip to take the top spot in the standings. With their 109-102 win over the Dyip, TNT takes solo first with a 7-1 record. Columbian stays near the bottom of the standings with their fifth loss in six games.

Terrence Jones continued to be unstoppable as he added another strong performance to his Commissioner’s Cup stint. He led TNT on both ends of the floor with 39 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and seven blocks. Jayson Castro added 22 points and six assists from off the bench. RR Pogoy scored 16 for TNT as well. Columbian’s new import Lester Prosper also had a solid game with 37 points and 20 rebounds.

Prosper showcased how good he was in the first quarter. He score 14 points in the first 12 minutes, including seven straight points in a 10-2 run that put Columbian ahead by eight. They settled for a five-point lead heading to the second period.

TNT woke up in the second quarter as Jones and Pogoy led the team to tie up the count. The game stayed tight all the way to the final period.

TNT eventually pulled away in the final period. The bench played big as Troy Rosario and Yousef Taha led an early 7-0 run in the fourth period to build the foundation of a lead. From there, Jones, Pogoy and Castro took over with a 12-2 run that turned a four-point lead into a 14-point spread. TNT was able to hold off Columbian all the way to the end with that cushion.

In the second game, the San Miguel Beermen engaged in a shootout with the Alaska Aces. The Beermen had more ammo as they came out on top, 119-107. San Miguel bounces back from their last loss to get their second win in five games. Alaska stays in the middle of the standings at 4-4.

Alex Cabagnot waxed hot in the game. He erupted for 31 points on 63% shooting to lead the Beermen. He got a lot of help from the rest of the team as Marcio Lassiter poured in 23 points while Charles Rhodes scored 23 and grabbed 11 boards. Chris Banchero tried to offset Cabagnot’s scoring with 26 points of his own. But it wasn’t enough to get the win.

Arwind Santos was the spark that led to the game being blown wide open. From a two-point first quarter lead, Santos dropped back-to-back treys to open the second period, increasing San Miguel’s lead up to eight points. Rhodes then took over as he scored nine straight points midway through the period to put the Beermen up by double-digits.

That’s when the game got out of hand. Cabagnot and Lassiter joined in on the scoring party to put San Miguel up by 24 heading to the half.

In the fourth quarter, the Aces tried to mount a comeback. They got as close as 13 points when the game was still up in the air. But Cabagnot and Lassiter snatched the game back with crucial hits to increase the lead back up to 20. The Beermen ran away with the easy double-digit win.