MANILA, Philippines – Ranidel De Ocampo fired 22 points and led a fourth quarter comeback from 14 points down as TNT KaTropa notched their first win of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 108-103, on Sunday, November 27 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
De Ocampo, who also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists, poured all 15 of his fourth quarter points from the 6:40 mark as he sparked TNT’s rally from 14 points down, 81-95.
The veteran forward tied the game twice at 99 and 102, before Kelly Williams shoved the KaTropa for good, 104-103, with 1:25 to play.
Two free throws from rookie RR Pogoy secured TNT’s first win of the season after dropping its opener against Rain or Shine.
“Feels good to finally get a win,” said assistant coach Josh Reyes, who is running the team as head coach Nash Racela focuses on his duties with Far Eastern University in the UAAP.
“We had to make a lot of adjustments defensively. I guess it was an advantage that Ginebra hasn’t had a lot of practice.”
Six other TNT players made it to double figures, pulling together sans star guard Jayson Castro who sat out to rest.
Larry Fonacier and Pogoy had 15 points each while second years Troy Rosario and Mo Tautuaa had 12 points apiece. Matt Ganuelas-Rosser chipped in 10.
Meanwhile, LA Tenorio had a game-high 27 points with 6 assists and two steals for the Gin Kings, who are fresh off of their championship run to end the previous season last month.
Japeth Aguilar had 15 points and 6 rebounds as Joe Devance tallied 15 markers as well on top of 9 assists. Scottie Thompson and Chris Ellis had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Now without an import in the all-Filipino conference, Ginebra is learning to play sans the presence of 7-footer Greg Slaughter, who is out with an ACL injury and is not expected to return until late in the season.
TNT (108): De Ocampo 22, Pogoy 15, Fonacier 15, Tautuaa 12, Rosario 12, Williams 11, Rosser 10, Reyes 8, Carey 3, Hernandez 0, Rosales 0, Sumalinog 0.
Ginebra (103): Tenorio 27, Aguilar 15, Devance 15, Thompson 13, Ellis 12, Mercado 7, Marcelo 6, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 3, Mariano 1, Cruz 0, Taha 0.
Quarter scores: 34-30, 53-53, 76-87, 108-103.
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