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TNT escapes NorthPort, makes it five wins in a row

by Reynald Magallon, October 09, 2019 6:58pm

The TNT Katropa escaped the NorthPort Batang Pier, 103-100, to keep their immaculate record in the 2019 Governors' Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Wednesday.

The Katropa responded to Head coach Bong Ravena's call for defense limiting the Batang Pier to just 38 points in the first and even established their biggest lead at 13 points. TNT's defense however fell apart in the second half as they allowed NorthPort to score 62 points in the second half allowing the Batang Pier to even take the lead early in the payoff period.

The Batang Pier was up by three, 89-86 after a Kevin Ferrer jumper with 5:15 to go. Jayson Castro replied with a free throw but Garvo Lanete nailed a jumper for a four point cushion 91-87. Troy Rosario and Mychal Ammons then exchanged baskets before a KJ McDaniels layup cut the deficit to just one. Ammons then kept NorthPort afloat with two free throws but McDaniels scored once again inside. Nico Elorde then took care of his two free throws but Mcdaniels replied with a layup to come within one,97-96 with 2:17 left in the payoff period.

Jayson Castro scored on a layup but Kevin Ferre drained a triple to give the Batang Pier a 100-98 lead. Rosario however retaliated with a tough step back three pointer to shove TNT aheadwith 1:07 remaining. TNT had the chance to extend the lead but Castro missed the layup.

NorthPort then had the chance to tie or take the lead in their final possession but Kevin Ferrer missed the jumper. Ammons got the rebound but Ryan Reyes tapped the ball away from the Batang Pier hands. Rosario who was fouled with a second left then nailed two free throws to give the Katropa a 103-100 lead. Anthony then missed his last second heave as TNT survived NorthPort.

McDaniels carried TNT on his broad shoulders putting up a double-double performance of 30 points and 18 boards while Rosario provided support off the bench with 20 markers.

Garvo Lanete paced the Batang Pier with 23 point while Ammons added 24 markers. NorthPort however absorbed their fourth straight defeat while TNT took their fifth straight victory.

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