MANILA — TNT KaTropa thwarted a blistering fourth-quarter run by GlobalPort to escape with a 102-98 victory and grab a share of second spot in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Wednesday night.
The KaTropa fended off Terrence Romeo’s 35-point performance and a near-collapse by stopping Stanley Pringle from converting the potential game-tying layup in the final seconds.
TNT booked a quarterfinal spot with the win, but coach Nash Racela wasn’t pleased to see his team squandering a 20-point lead twice in a game.
“We're up by 20 but we allowed them to catch up. Then we led by almost 20 again then give up, it's very obvious that we are inconsistent as a team,” said Racela during the post game press conference....
The Batang Pier improved to 4-3 following their 97-89 win over Bolts, erasing the painful memory of squandering a 26-point fourth quarter lead against the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Dec. 28 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“Sabi sa amin ni (Globalport) coach Franz (Pumaren), hawak pa rin namin ang top two,” star guard Terrence Romeo said. “Kung ibibigay namin yung talagang all-out namin, tapos laruin yung tamang basketball, may chance pa rin sa top two.”...
Haunted by their monumental collapse last week, the Batang Pier exorcised their demons and came away with a 97-89 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday.
Taking notes from its heartbreaking 101-99 loss to Phoenix last Dec. 28 where it squandered a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, GlobalPort made sure there won’t be any meltdowns as it held off the Bolts and averted another collapse....
Young fans who have only heard the names Jayjay Helterbrand, Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle and Asi Taulava in the past season or two were deprived of seeing four of the most stellar and consistently effective players the league has ever seen.
They have a total of 19 PBA championships, 14 Mythical Team selections and more than 2,300 games combined.
But these days, these members of "club 40" — players north of 40 years old — are picking up more fouls than making field goals (26-22). In some nights, they're collecting DNPs....
On Wednesday, the Batang Pier was having their way against Phoenix but nothing would have prepared them against the Fuel Masters’ furious fourth-quarter fightback.
Globalport assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said it was his team’s lackadaisical defensive effort in the final period that ultimately led to their 101-99 loss to Phoenix. ...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||10th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||12th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||10||8||0.556||4th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||10th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||7th|