On Friday, however, everything fell to the ground when the upstart Mahindra gave TNT its first taste of defeat in a 107-104 squeaker Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
TNT is still atop the standings with a 6-1 record but the Enforcer have dented its once impenetrable armor.
KaTropa head coach Jong Uichico, though, said the loss is natural and it should be a learning experience for the team....
The Enforcers, who are having their best conference since joining the league in 2014, snapped the Texters’ winning run at six games.
Mahindra’s James White delivered 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Enforcers’ bench contributed significant numbers in the victory which moved them to second spot with a 6-2 record....
TNT and Mahindra tangle at 4:15 before the nightcap between the NLEX Road Warriors and the Phoenix Fuel Masters at 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
So far, no one has been able to stop KaTropa (6-0) which sits atop the team standings thanks to their unbeaten record. TNT added Phoenix to its list of victims, 124-117, last week....
MANILA, Philippines - Star guard Jayson Castro’s contract with TNT KaTropa has been extended up to the end of the PBA Governors Cup and it’s unlikely he’ll move to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) next season despite speculation an offer to play as an Asian import may be tendered.
Castro’s agent Danny Espiritu said the other day no offer has been made by any CBA team. Under CBA rules, only the last five finishers are allowed to enlist an Asian import aside from two “regular” out-of-Asia reinforcements. There are 20 teams in the CBA and last season, the last five clubs were Jiangsu, Jilin, Tianjin, Bayi and Foshan. Since Bayi plays without imports as the military entry of the People’s Liberation Army, the sixth to the last finisher – Beikong – will be given the privilege of signing an Asian import in the Rockets place.
Former Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman of Serbia was recently hired to call the shots for Tianjin so he could make a bid for Castro. Last campaign, the CBA started its regular season Oct. 31 and ended Feb. 5 with the playoffs beginning Feb. 15 and ending March 20. Every season, eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The quarterfinals and semifinals are best-of-five series while the finals is a best-of-seven affair....
“6-0 is a good number, for sure, it’s getting us good feelings but we should put this number behind and think about the next game,” said Madanly Friday at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo.
“It’s not about how you start but how you finish.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||6||1||0.857|
|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|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|