TNT KaTropa got off to a searing start and mauled the San Miguel Beermen, 110-97, on Saturday night in their 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

From the get-go, the KaTropa put up a near-perfect game, zooming to a 30-10 start and never looked back to nail their second straight win and improve to 4-1, gaining a share of second spot with NorthPort in the team standings.

A week after getting involved in an end-game commotion with Calvin Abueva that resulted to a heavy fine, import Terrence Jones went back to business as he led the TNT blowout with 30 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, four assists, and two steals.

Troy Rosario contributed 17 points while Roger Pogoy, Don Trollano, and Anthony Semerad flourished as well in the KaTropa’s balanced attack, ending up with at least 11 points each. Jayson Castro went a point shy from getting another triple-double as he had an all-around game of nine points, 10 boards, and 15 assists.

The result thus spoiled a historic night for Von Pessumal, who paced the Beermen with 24 points after going perfect from beyond the arc on an 8-of-8 shooting.

Charles Rhodes had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively, as San Miguel dropped to 0-2.

The scores:

TNT 110 – Jones 30, Rosario 17, Pogoy 15, Trollano 13, A. Semerad 11, Castro 9, Reyes 8, Taha 4, Heruela 3, D. Semerad 0, Golla 0, Casino 0.

SAN MIGUEL 97 – Pessumal 24, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 16, Fajardo 13, Ross 9, Santos 6, Cabagnot 5, Rosser 2, Standhardinger 2.

Quarter scores: 35-20, 57-41, 87-64, 110-97.


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