Glen Rice Jr. confident TNT locals capable of taking care of business even with him on the bench
Glen Rice Jr. was hardly worried when he sat the entire third quarter due to foul trouble as an inspired TNT team held the fort. Jerome Ascano

BATANGAS City – Glen Rice Jr. was hardly worried at all for TnT Katropa when he had to sit out an entire quarter of Game Two of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals due to foul trouble.

The son of NBA great Glen Rice knew too well the team is in good hands even with him watching the action on the bench.

It’s exactly what happened for the Katropa, who drew inspired plays from Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy and just about everybody else during a crucial third quarter when they weathered the storm and prevailed over Barangay Ginebra Kings, 102-96, that leveled the best-of-five series at 1-all Wednesday night at the Batangas City Coliseum here.

Rice still led TnT with 21 points despite taking a breather for the whole of the third period after he was whistled for his fourth personal foul just before halftime.

But he’s definitely proud of what the Katropa did in his absence when they held their own against a talented Ginebra side that was oozing with heft and size behind the quartet of Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and import Justine Brownlee.

“We got a lot of good players. And all they need is to get an opportunity to get in and showcase it. So I was not really worried at all,” said Rice after the win.

And if it means TnT locals stepping up anew if and when Rice gets into foul trouble again in the succeeding games of the series, the top import hinted he won’t hesitate doing the same thing all over again.

“Whatever it takes,” he said smiling before excusing himself on the way to the team bus.

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