TNT KaTropa leaned on a solid second half to turn back pesky Mahindra, 104-92, and list a much-needed win that snapped its two-game slide in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Troy Rosario paced the Tropang Texters with a near double-double, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while rookie Roger Pogoy added 16 markers.
They were helped by Mo Tautuaa’s 14 points.
Back on track, TNT KaTropa improved to 5-4 in a fourth-place tie with Blackwater, while Mahindra saw its two-game winning streak snapped, falling to 2-6 in a 10th-place tie with NLEX.
The Tropang Texters needed to lean on a burly finish in the last eight minutes to earn the victory.
From a slim 88-87 edge with over eight minutes remaining, TNT KaTropa started leaking out with critical 9-1 run in the next three minutes to take some needed distance, 97-88, following a Ryan Reyes triple with 5:32 left on the clock.
That run proved to be the difference as the Texters went on to list the win by finishing with a 16-5 surge down the stretch.
Mahindra ended the second quarter with a 25-11 run to turn the tides in its favor, turning an eight-point deficit into a 57-51 lead at intermission.
TNT KaTropa, however, bounced right back with a solid third period that saw it outscore Mahindra, 31-21, to overtake it, 82-78, heading the fourth.
It was tight in the first several minutes of the fourth but the Texters had the last laugh to close it out.
104—Rosario 18, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 14, Rosales 11, Fonacier 11, Castro 10, Reyes 7, Rosser 7, De Ocampo 7, Golla 2, Carey 1, Williams 0.
92—Mallari 19, Paniamogan 10, Yee 10, Revilla 8, Deutchman 7, Celda 7, Escoto 6, Salva 6, Arana 6, Galanza 5, Ballesteros 3, Elorde 3, Eriobu 2, Digregorio 0,
: 29-25, 51-57, 82-78, 104-92