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    Cool Ranidel De Ocampo rescues TNT Katropa in face of fiery GlobalPort comeback

    Aug 31, 2016
    Ranidel De Ocampo hit the game-winning basket for TNT. Jaime Campos

    TNT Katropa blew a sizeable lead but recovered just in time to repulse GlobalPort, 122-120, and return to winning track in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

    Ranidel de Ocampo, who scored 17 points, hit a long two that broke a 120-120 deadlock with 5.7 seconds left and TNT forced GlobalPort to commit a turnover in the ensuing play to preserve the solo lead with a 7-1 win-loss record.

    Jayson Castro carried most of the scoring load for TNT Katropa, who even led 70-52 at halftime. Castro erupted with 37 points, including a three-pointer that gave the team a 120-109 lead entering the final three minutes.

    The Batang Pier, though, refused to fold.

    Behind import Mike Glover, Terrence Romeo, and Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort sparked an 11-to-nothing blitzkrieg that tied the count at 120-all with under a minute left.

    Coming off a timeout, Castro drove to the basket only to kick it out to an open De Ocampo who delivered the dagger of a jumper..

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    But an errant pass by Pringle to Jay Washington spelled doom for the Batang Pier, who snapped a three-game winning streak and fell to a 3-5 card.

    "Bumaliktad yung laro e (after first half). GlobalPort can really score especially when Pringle and Romeo got it going. We fell into a lull in the offense in the latter part," said TNT coach Jong Uichico.

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    Glover topscored for the Batang Pier with 38 points, while Romeo and Pringle added 33 and 25, respectively.

    The scores:

    TNT KATROPA 122 - Castro 37, De Ocampo 17, Fonacier 14, R. Reyes 11, Madanly 10, Williams 8, Ammons 7, Rosales 7, Tautuaa 6, Rosario 5, Carey 0, Rosser 0.

    GLOBALPORT 120 - Glover 38, Romeo 33, Pringle 25, Washington 9, Taha 5, Salvacion 3, Semerad 3, Dehesa 2, Yeo 2, Mamaril 0.

    Quarterscores: 35-18, 70-52, 96-86, 122-120

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