PBA: TNT mows down Phoenix in dominant start


Posted at Jan 25 2023 08:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2023 09:48 PM

Talk 'N Text overpowered Phoenix en route to a 123-119 finish in the PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

Tropang GIGA import Jalen Hudson led the way with 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. 

Roger Pogoy added 21 markers, going 2-of-2 from the perimeter area, as Calvin Oftana fired 17 points.

It was an impressive start for coach Jojo Lastimosa, easing in to the role left by Chot Reyes as the latter concentrates on his chores with Gilas Pilipinas.

"In a way, I'm fortunate I already have a team that's built to win. So it's just a matter of utilizing my coaches about how we wanna attack the game collectively and how to make the players listen to our voices," said Lastimosa, who is assisted by consultant Slavoljub Guronovic.

Lastimosa, whose experience includes being interim coach of NLEX, admitted he is still getting used to calling the shots for TNT.

"I'm still groping. I need to be better. The players need to be better and we want to improve every game," he said.

Du'Vaughn Maxwell led the way for Phoenix with 21 points.

The Scores:

TNT 123 - Hudson 34, Pogoy 21, Oftana 17, Chua 10, K.Williams 10, Castro 10, M.Williams 9, Tungcab 9, Khobuntin 3, Varilla 0, Montalbo 0, Marcelo 0.

Phoenix 119 - Maxwell 21, Perkins 20, Garcia 18, Tio 16, Serrano 12, Jazul 11, Alejandro 8, Muyang 5, Camacho 4, Soyud 2, Manganti 2, Lojera 0, Lalata 0, Adamos 0, Go 0.

Quarters: 29-33, 60-60, 93-89, 123-119. 

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