ANTIPOLO – TNT KaTropa extended its winning streak to five games with a 101-98 win over Columbian on Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center.
The KaTropa solidied their hold of third place with a 7-3 (win-loss) record to stay in the running for a twice-to-beat spot in the quarterfinals.
The Dyip finished the eliminations with a 4-7 (win-loss) record, their playoff hopes now resting on the results of games of teams fighting for the last few berths in the quarterfinals.
Jayson Castro scored 20 points while Ryan Reyes added 19 points and sparked a third-quarter breakaway by the KaTropa, who didn't breathe easy until Rashawn McCarthy missed on a three-pointer in the final possession of the game.
“We know how important our last two games are. Ganun pa rin, our plan is to win the every game, every time. Our last game is NorthPort. Kailangan ready kami. Hindi kami puwedeng mag-relax,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena.
Reyes hit four of his five three-pointers in a 21-5 blast that gave TNT a 69-52 lead that later ballooned to 71-53.
Columbian patiently cut the deficit and was only down by three points, 101-98, after a trey by McCarthy, but the Dyip simply ran out of time.
CJ Perez scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and issued five assists for the Dyip in the team's final game of the eliminations.
TNT 101 – Castro 20, Rosario 19, Reyes 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, A. Semerad 2, Washington 1, Trollano 0, Cruz 0, Miranda 0.
Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 12, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.
Quarters: 20-19; 47-37; 80-67; 101-98.