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MANILA, Philippines – The TNT KaTropa remained perfect in 3 games and kept Barangay Ginebra winless, 96-92, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, May 6.
With import Jeremy Tyler struggling offensively, Jayson Castro carried the scoring load and dropped 27 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 steals as TNT joined the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the top of the standings.
TNT trailed 78-79 until Castro waxed hot from deep and buried back-to-back triples to highlight an 11-1 spurt that gave the KaTropa a 9-point lead with less than 4 minutes remaining.
The Gin Kings would trim their deficit to just 5 with 49 seconds left thanks to import Charles Garcia’s freebies, but TNT held off their comeback bid.
Roger Pogoy added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Troy Rosario chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Tyler compensated for his two-point outing with 15 rebounds, 3 assists, two steals and two blocks.
Like his TNT counterpart, Garcia had a relatively off night of 15 points on 3-of-11 shooting as Ginebra lost its second straight game to start the conference.
Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar finished with 19 points apiece in the loss.
TNT (96): Castro 27, Pogoy 15, Rosario 14, Trollano 11, Semerad 7, Taha 6, Cruz 5, Paredes 4, Romeo 3, Carey 2, Tyler 2, Garcia 0, Reyes 0.
Ginebra (92): J. Aguilar 19, Devance 19, Garcia 15, Tenorio 13, Mercado 8, Caperal 7, Thompson 5, Caguioa 2, Ferrer 2, Mariano 2.
Quarter scores: 27-22, 51-51, 73-69, 96-92