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    Jones posts triple-double again as TNT blasts Blackwater for twice-to-beat edge

    Jul 7, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    TERRENCE Jones had another triple-double as TNT also lit up from three-point distance to beat Blackwater, 115-97, on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Jones had his third triple-double of the conference, finishing 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 assists for the KaTropa, who clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals following a 9-1 win-loss record.

    TNT also nailed 19 three-pointers to extend its winning streak to seven games and retain first place in the team standings.

    The KaTropa erected a 23-5 run after converting seven three-pointers to grab a 57-34 lead with Jones starting the run with a triple. Jones capped off the quarter with another three for the game’s largest lead at 27, 60-43, entering the fourth.

    TNT had six players in double figures with Troy Rosario scoring 14 points and Jayson Castro hitting a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists. Brian Heruela had 12 points and shot 4 of 5 from threes.

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    TNT coach Bong Ravena, however, emphasized the defensive effort of the KaTropa.

    “Kita naman natin na depensa pa rin,” Ravena said. “We played great defense for us to make a stop. Basically, it’s all defense. We planned to be locked in on defense, be consistent, and play hard.”

    Blackwater fell to 6-4 with Ray Parks contributing 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Elite. Michael DiGregorio had 19 points for the Elite.

    The scores:

    TNT 115 – Jones 36, Rosario 14, Castro 13, Heruela 12, Pogoy 12, Trollano 11, A. Semerad 8, Magat 4, Casino 3, Taha 2, Golla 0, Reyes 0, D. Semerad 0.

    Blackwater 97 – Parks 21, DiGregorio 19, Maliksi 16, Blair 16, Belo 10, Sumang 4, Alolino 3, Banal 2, Dario 2, Sena 2, Desiderio 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Tratter 0, Jose 0.

    Quarters: 25-23; 60-43; 91-66; 115-97.

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