Barangay Ginebra flipped the switch in the second half, scoring a convincing 107-89 victory over the KaTropa in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome.
Clamping down on defense, the Gin Kings only allowed TNT to score 28 points in the final 24 minutes on their way to a fourth straight win.
Entering the annual All-Star break, Ginebra now holds a 4-1 record, good for third place behind idle Meralco and San Miguel Beer....
The Ginebra-TNT game is at 6:45 p.m., after Mahindra and GlobalPort, 2 teams at the bottom of the standings, raise the curtain at 4:30 p.m.
Ginebra had to grind it out in the second half before securing a 101-92 win against NLEX on Wednesday, its 3rd straight victory....
Tautuaa, who suffered a bruised rib in practice, played solid minutes off the bench for TNT in his return, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds in theor 109-88 win over GLobalPort.
“My first game was okay, but I’m still a little tentative and I don’t think I’m a hundred a percent again,” said Tautuaa Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m still getting hit in practice but the ribs are getting better, I’m getting better.”...
Jayson Castro added 15 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks on an efficient night from the field (6 of 9 field goals), helping TNT up its record to 5-1 for solo 3rd in the standings.
The game was close in the 1st half, but the KaTropa never felt they were threatened....
Racela, whose 3rd-ranked KaTropa team will battle the lowly Batang Pier on Friday at Araneta Coliseum, said there is no easy game for them as the eliminations near its halfway mark.
“It’s good to be where we are right now but the tough challenges are ahead of us,” Racela said in the PBA website....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup||5||2||0.714|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||11||9||0.550||4th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||12||4||0.750||3rd|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500||6th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|