Castro return boosts TNT in comeback win over Columbian

Delfin Dioquino

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Castro return boosts TNT in comeback win over Columbian
Also drawing a prolific performance from Terrence Jones, the KaTropa notch their seventh win in 8 games to gain solo lead

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Jones and Jayson Castro carried the scoring cudgels as TNT turned back Columbian, 109-102, to gain solo lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, June 21. 

Jones submitted an all-around performance of 39 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and 6 assists in the game that saw the KaTropa come back from 8 points down to clinch their seventh win in 8 games.

Returning from a one-game absence as he tied the knot with long-time partner Lyle, Castro made up for lost time by delivering 22 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals off the bench. 

The Dyip, though, were primed to pull off an upset when they led 66-58 midway through the 3rd quarter with import Lester Prosper doing much of the heavy lifting. 

But TNT stayed on course, knotting the score at 68-68 off a Castro triple before cruising in the final frame where it enjoyed a lead as large as 14 points. 

Roger Pogoy had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, while Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes added 8 points each in the win. 

Prosper frolicked in the paint with 37 points and 20 rebounds, but could not get his side over the hump as Columbian slipped to 1-5. 

CJ Perez put up 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals, while JP Calvo had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in the losing effort. 

The Scores

TNT 109 – Jones 39, Castro 22, Pogoy 16, Rosario 8, Reyes 8, Trollano 5, Taha 4, T. Semerad 3, D. Semerad 2, Heruela 2, Carey 0.

Columbian 102 – Prosper 37, Perez 22, Calvo 15, Corpuz 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Khobuntin 4, Cahilig 4, Agovida 0, Reyes 0, Camson 0.

Quarterscores: 22-27, 51-50, 73-71, 109-102.

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.