The TNT KaTropa has survived the pesky defense of the Alaska Aces and will advance to the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-final round, 104-93.
TNT used the second half to mount their comeback and take over the game after they’re down with a double-digit.
In the third quarter, the shooters of the KaTropa started to click. Troy Rosario who is one of those long-range bombers who helped trimmed the deficit to single-digit.
Rosario logged 20 points along with his seven rebounds. He was later named as the Best Player of the Game.
In the final quarter, an intense defense displayed by the troops of coach Bong Ravena to finally dominate their “do-or-die” match.
They limit Alaska to score only nine points until that three-pointer made by Simon Enciso within 24 seconds remaining in the final quarter.
With the victory, the TNT KaTropa will face the defending champion, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel which will start on Friday.
Terrence Jones With The Dagger Three
TNT vs Alaska Game 2 Quarterfinals Box Score
Quarters: 19-27 | 44-54 | 79-81 | 104-93
KaTropa (104) – Jones 37, Rosario 20, Castro 17, Trollano 14, Pogoy 12, Washington 4, Reyes 0, Heruela 0, A. Semerad 0, D. Semerad 0
Aces (93) – Enciso 24, Simpson 19, Banchero 14, Manuel 10, Teng 9, Casio 7, Racal 7, Cruz 3, Baclao 0