Former PBA Best Import Marqus Blakely led Talk ‘N Text KaTropa fourth quarter attack to steal the victory against NorthPort, 104-102.
Logging another win to their record in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup standings isn’t easy for the KaTropa but with the help of their new coaching staff they’re now staring at their three-game winning streak.
With the lead of NorthPort reaches to 23, TNT stood their ground and was resilient until they cut the big margin and eventually took the victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With his second game with the team now led by coach Bong Ravena, Marqus Blakely dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds including his winning layup in the final stretch.
With only 6.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Blakely drove hard to hard to the basket and was able to convert. Then on the next possession he was successfully deflected the pass of Mo Tautuaa as time expires.
With that victory, Talk ‘N Text now back at .500 with 4-4 card.
“Wala namang sikreto. It’s by working hard lang. Ang importante, ma-sustain ng team ‘yung energy namin all throughout the game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena.
“Just play hard, effort lang. Iyun lang ang hinahanap namin, eh,” added Ravena. “Ma-sustain lang iyung energy, make stops okay na kami doon.”
This is the second straight game where NorthPort is on a big lead in the first three quarters only to let down at the fourth. Last time it was the Blackwater Elite where they piled a lead as much as 18 points and ended with a defeat.
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Against TNT, their lead margin was even bigger at 23 points.
The boys of coach Pido Jarencio made their last stand after Paolo Taha able to tip-in the ball from a Sean Anthony missed free-throw, the game was tied at 102-all with only 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Then on the next possession, it was Blakely’s winning moment that took place.
Talk ‘N Text vs NorthPort Box Score
Quarters: 21-32 | 43-66 | 71-87 | 104-102
KaTropa (104) – Romeo 25, Blakely 23, Rosario 12, Cruz 11, Pogoy 10, Trollano 7, Garcia 6, Reyes 3, Carey 2.
Batang Pier (102) – Woods 19, Pringle 18, Tautuaa 18, Grey 18, Anthony 15, Javelona 9, Taha 4, Guinto 1, Elorde 0, Arana 0, Espinas 0, Fortuna.