KaTropa check streak­ing Black­wa­ter Elite, 117-96

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THE TNT KaTropa slammed the door on erst­while streak­ing Black­wa­ter Elite, beat­ing the lat­ter, 117-96, in Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) Gov­er­nors’ Cup ac­tion yes­ter­day at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Up against one of the hottest teams in the PBA in the sea­so­nend­ing tour­na­ment, the KaTropa banked on a to­tal ef­fort to put an end to the win­ning streak of the Elite while notch­ing backto-back vic­to­ries of their own.

TNT got off to a fast start, rac­ing to a 15-4 lead in the first four min­utes of the open­ing quar­ter.

But Black­wa­ter would rally back, outscor­ing the KaTropa, 21-13, the rest of the way to nar­row its deficit by the end of the pe­riod, 28-25.

Saw its com­fort­able lead van­ish, TNT re­tal­i­ated with eight quick points to open the sec­ond pe­riod and ex­tend its lead to, 3625, at the 8:31 mark.

Get­ting con­tri­bu­tions from var­i­ous source there­after, the KaTropa con­tin­ued to bury the Elite, build­ing a 20-point cush­ion, 53-33, with four min­utes to go be­fore clos­ing out things with a 22-point ad­van­tage, 62-40, at the half.

In the third canto Black­wa­ter tried to re­cover some ground but with im­port Glen Rice, Jr. wax­ing hot and stay­ing ag­gres­sive, TNT con­tin­ued to hold sway and keep con­trol by the end of the quar­ter, 92-71.

With mo­men­tum pretty much go­ing in their fa­vor, the KaTropa spent the whole of the fourth pe­riod just fend­ing off to­ken chal­lenges from the Elite en route to park­ing the vic­tory.

Mr. Rice led TNT with 31 points, six re­bounds, four as- sists and seven steals while vet­eran Kelly Wil­liams came off the bench to score 21 points.

Jayson Cas­tro, Rudy Ling­ganay, Mo Tau­tuaa, Ryan Reyes, RR Po­goy and Ranidel de Ocampo all scored seven points or bet­ter.

Henry Walker, mean­while, was the high­est scorer for Black­wa­ter with 33 points to go along with 18 re­bounds.

JP Erram added 18 points for the Leo Isaac-coached Elite while guard Michael DiGre­go­rio had 12 mark­ers.

“I just tried to con­tinue to im­prove on my game. In this game I think I played bet­ter than my first game here. We’re happy that we were able to win today and hope­fully we get to sus­tain this for our next games,” said Mr. Rice, named player of the game, af­ter their win.

The win was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive for TNT, which im­proved to 4-2, good for joint fifth place with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Black­wa­ter (3-4), mean­while, saw its three- game win­ning streak halted.

Next for TNT is a meet­ing with Glob­alPort Batang Pier to­mor­row while Black­wa­ter also plays on the same day against Kia Pi­canto.

TNT KATROPA im­port Glen Rice, Jr. goes for a break­away slam in their game against the Black­wa­ter Elite yes­ter­day. TNT won, 117-96.

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