MANILA, Philippines – TNT resumed its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign with vigor after breezing past hapless Blackwater in a 106-93 win at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, March 4.
With several of their players returning from Gilas Pilipinas duty, the Tropang Giga – led by Mikey Williams – dealt the also-ran Bossing a record-extending 29th straight defeat.
Williams set the tone with 11 first-half points and knocked down some key buckets in the fourth quarter to finish with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals for TNT, which extended its winning streak to three games.
The Tropang Giga raised their record to 5-4 and unseated Barangay Ginebra for sixth place.
Import Aaron Fuller dominated inside for TNT with 16 points and 22 rebounds, while Roger Pogoy achurned out 16 points and 6 rebounds in his first game back after missing their last four matches with a calf injury.
Bossing reinforcement Shawn pulled his side within 11 points with under six minutes remaining, 85-96, but Williams hit two buckets in a 7-3 blitz as the Tropang Giga secured the win.
Ryan Reyes also put up 16 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting for TNT to go with 4 assists and 3 rebounds off the bench and Troy Rosario added 8 points.
Glover flirted with a triple-double after scattering 26 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals, although his stellar outing was not enough to salvage a hard-luck Blackwater squad that fell to 0-10 in the conference.
JVee Casio contributed 21 points in the loss, while rookie Rey Suerte had 14 points off the bench.
TNT 106 – M. Williams 23, Fuller 16, Pogoy 16, Reyes 16, Rosario 8, Alejandro 6, Montalbo 5, Castro 5, Khobuntin 5, Erram 4, K. Williams 2, Heruela 0, Banal 0.
Blackwater 96 – Glover 26, Casio 21, Suerte 14, McCarthy 7, Desiderio 7, Amer 6, Paras 4, Ebona 4, Ayonayon 2, Baloria 2, Washington 0, Chauca 0, Melton 0, Escoto 0, Nabong 0.
Quarters: 24-16, 49-36, 80-65, 106-93.