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TNT goes 2-0, Blackwater snaps skid

28 Jan 2023, 11:15 GMT+10

MANILA - TNT crawled back from 18 points down and beat Rain Or Shine, 105-100, in their PBA Governors' Cup game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Friday night.

The Tropang Giga blasted off in the second half, dropping 44 points on the Elasto Painters, more than their entire first-half output, in the third quarter before holding them to just 16 points in the fourth quarter to steal the win.

Jalen Hudson and Mikey Williams each scored 24 points even as they too had double-doubles with 14 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for TNT, which joined Converge and Meralco at the top of the team standings at 2-0.

Williams came close to a triple-double as he also dished out seven assists, while RR Pogoy added 22 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

Michael Qualls sizzled for 35 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks but his performance was flushed as ROS dropped to 0-2.

In the first game, Blackwater averted a Phoenix comeback in the end for a 108-105 win.

The Bossing were in control for most of the first three quarters but had to turn it up a notch late in the fourth to withstand the Fuel Masters' final hurrah.

Up 79-69 entering the fourth, Blackwater saw its lead gradually being chipped away by Phoenix until a Tyler Tio putback put the Fuel Masters on top, 98-97, with 1:40 remaining.

However, Shawn Glover quickly put the Bossing back ahead, 99-98, in the next play - a stepback baseline jumper with 1:17 left.

Jvee Casio then seemingly scored the dagger, a buzzer-beating long two from the right corner for a 101-98 cushion with 43 seconds left.

Phoenix still put up a fight behind a triple from Tyler Tio and a layup from Encho Serrano even as Glover kept the door open for the team to force overtime after splitting his free throws with six seconds left.

With no timeout left, Tio was forced to dribble the full length of the court for a desperation heave that only hit the rim as time expired.

Tio's buzzer-beater attempt was ruled as a long two, so the Fuel Masters could have still lost had it gone in.

Glover finished with 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks for Blackwater, which snapped a seven-game losing streak dating back to the Commissioner's Cup.

Baser Amer added 17 points, one rebound, and two assists, while Ato Ular chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Yousef Taha contributed 10 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists off the bench in his best game with Blackwater.

Du'Vaughn Maxwell led Phoenix, which fell to 0-2, with 37 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks.

The Scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER: 108 - Glover 31, Amer 17, Ular 14, Taha 10, McCarthy 9, Hill 6, Banal 6, Ayonayon 5, Casio 5, Ilagan 3, DiGregorio 2, Torralba 0, Escoto 0, Suerte 0

PHOENIX: 105 - Maxwell 37, Tio 15, Perkins 13, Alejandro 10, Serrano 9, Soyud 5, Manganti 5, Garcia 5, Jazul 2, Muyang 2, Camacho 2, Go 0

QUARTERS: 25-18, 54-45, 79-69, 108-105

Second Game

TNT: 105 - Hudson 24, M.Williams 24, Pogoy 22, K.Williams 13, Chua 8, Castro 7, Tungcab 5, Khobuntin 2, Varilla 0, Montalbo 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0

RAIN OR SHINE: 100 - Qualls 35, Nambatac 17, Torres 13, Asistio 10, Belga 7, Demusis 4, Caracut 3, Norwood 3, Borboran 2, Ildefonso 2, Ponferrada 2, Yap 2, Nieto 0

QUARTERS: 17-20, 36-49, 80-84, 105-100 (PNA)

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