MANILA, Philippines – The TNT KaTropa got their campaign off to a hot start with a one-sided triumph over Blackwater, 135-107, in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, September 25, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
TNT import KJ McDaniels led the KaTropa with 41 points off a 16-of-23 clip from the field, while Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro chipped in 22 and 17 points, respectively.
Don Trollano also stepped up for TNT as he went on a personal 7-0 run midway through the 3rd quarter to help widen the gap to 18 points, 76-58. He finished with 17 markers.
McDaniels made a one-handed statement slam while drawing a foul in the 9:13 mark of the 4th quarter. He then followed it up with a layup that kept the TNT lead up at 20 points, 105-85.
TNT controlled the game from the get-go that saw McDaniels tally 20 points at the half to prop up the sharpshooting 2019 Commissioners' Cup finalist's 65% field goal clip.
Blackwater showed signs of life at the 5:31 mark of the 2nd quarter as Roi Sumang sparked a 13-0 run to trim the Blackwater deficit to 10 points, 43-53.
Ray Parks Jr topscored for Blackwater with 39 points in the losing effort.
TNT 135 – McDaniels 41, Pogoy 22, Rosario 18, Castro 17, Trollano 17, Vosotros 7, De Leon 5, Magat 4, D. Semerad 4, Carey 0, Washington 0, Casiño 0.
Blackwater 107 – Parks 39, Maliksi 18, Sumang 14, Belo 12, Digregorio 11, Jose 8, Blakely 4, Alolino 2, Dario 2, Cortez 0, Sena 0, Desiderio 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Cruz 0.
Quarters: 34-19, 63-46, 97-80, 135-107.
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.