TALK ‘N Text drew another triple-double from Terrence Jones as it blasted Blackwater, 115-97, for its seventh straight win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jones came through with his third triple-double performance in the conference as he tallied 36 points, including six triples, hauled down 16 rebounds and issued 14 assists, powering the KaTropa to the lopsided win before an appreciative crowd.
With the win, the KaTropa formalized their entry into the quarterfinal round where they need to beat their opponent only once to make the semifinal round right away.
The KaTropa’s final seeding will be either top 1 or top 2, depending on the outcome of their last game in the elimination against Magnolia and that of NorthPort against Meralco.
If the KaTropa beat the Hotshots on July 17, they become number one and will play number 8 team in the quarterfinal round. But if they lose, coupled with NorthPort’s win over the Bolts on July 12, they will become number 2, which means they will play seventhy-ranked team next round.
The KaTropa decked the Elite with 19 triples as they dominated the game most of the way. They posted their biggest lead at 27 points (60-43) entering the fourth period.
TNT had five of its locals finishing in double figures with Troy Rosario scoring 14 points and Jayson Castro hitting a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists. Brian Heruela had 12 points and shot 4 of 5 from threes. Don Trollano added 11 points and four rebounds.
“Kita naman natin na depensa pa rin,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena. “We played great defense for us to make a stop. Basically, it’s all defense. We planned to be locked in on defense, be consistent, and play hard.”
Ray Parks scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Blackwater which fell to sixth place at 6-4 .
TNT (115) - Jones 36, Rosario 14, Castro 13, Heruela 12, Pogoy 12, Trollano 11, A. Semerad 8, Magat 4, Casino 3, Taha 2, Reyes 0, Golla 0, D. Semerad 0.
Blackwater (97) - Parks 21, Digregorio 19, Maliksi 16, Blair 16, Belo 10, Sumang 4, Alolino 3, Banal 2, Dario 2, Sena 2, Desiderio 2, Cortez 0, Tratter 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Jose 0.
Quarterscores: 25-23, 60-43, 91-66, 115-97