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    TNT stakes unblemished record as Katropa take on streaking Meralco

    Oct 12, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    TNT Katropa puts its unblemished record on the line and seeks at least a playoff for a quarterfinals berth in the PBA Governors Cup when it tackles streaking Meralco on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Katropa are on top of the leaderboard with a 5-0 mark and victory in the 6:30 p.m. encounter will move them closer to the first quarterfinal berth in the season-ending meet.

    They were close to suffering their first loss a few days ago when NorthPort Batang Pier pushed them to the limit before escaping with a 103-100 victory aided by a late Troy Rosario three pointer.

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    It doesn't get easier when the Katropa face the 3-1 Bolts, who are coming off back-to-back wins over Phoenix and Alaska.

    After battling the Fuel Masters' Eugene Phelps, TnT prolific import KJ McDaniels faces another tough match-up in two-time Best Import Allen Durham.

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      "Their import (KJ McDaniels) is very, very good, not just offensively, but also defensively. So it's going to be a tough game for us," acknowledged Meralco coach Norman Black.

      "You can scout them and you pretty much know what is coming. The problem is when they start raining those 3s on you, it becomes very difficult to stop them," he added.

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      Phoenix tries to follow up its dramatic 86-84 win over Rain or Shine when it plays skidding NorthPort at 4:30 pm.

      The Fuel Masters carry a 2-4 win-loss slate and will be gunning for their first back-to-back wins in a long while.

      "Medyo matagal na kaming hindi nakaka-back-to-back wins, way back last conference. At hindi na namin alam ang pakiramdam noon," said Phoenix coach Louie Alas, as he looks forward to claiming a second straight win.

      Phoenix main gunner Matthew Wright however, remains day-to-day as he deals with plantar fascitiis.

      NorthPort on the other hand, tries to arrest a four-game losing streak that brought down the team in the standings with a 1-4 slate.

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