MANILA -- After a bummer of a first game, TNT issued a major statement in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup by dealing Phoenix yet another lopsided defeat.
The KaTropa emphatically entered the winning column of the mid-season conference, scoring a dominant 134-109 victory over the Fuel Masters Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Scoring only 89 points Friday against the Meralco Bolts, TNT dropped 41 points in the third quarter alone and already had 100 on the board after only 36 minutes of play.
Shooting an incredible 60 percent from the field and dishing out 38 assists as a team, the KaTropa established their biggest lead in the fourth at 35 points, 122-87.
Eight players scored in double figures for TNT led by import Lou Amundson who had 20 points and eight rebounds in his final PBA game this conference.
Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario each had 18, while RR Pogoy added 17 points. Mo Tautuaa contributed 14 off the bench and Kelly Williams scored 12 for the KaTropa. The returning Jayson Castro was good for 10, all in the first half, and Ryan Reyes also added 10 points.
"We were just fortunate to have Jayson back. The goal for us to learn without him. We can't always have him especially with the Gilas coming up," head coach Nash Racela said as Castro made his return from a hamstring injury but will likely go out again to fulfill his national team duties.
"Good thing a lot of the guys contributed. Our import played really well," he added.
For Phoenix, who has now lost back-to-back games for a 1-2 record, import Jameel McKay went for 31 points while Cyrus Baguio scored 17 off the bench.
After a close game that saw TNT only lead by one point after the first quarter, the KaTropa broke the game open late in the first half, unloading a 16-0 run to set the pace for the rest of the game.
TNT 134 - Amundson 20, De Ocampo 18, Rosario 18, Pogoy 17, Tautuaa 14, Williams 12, Castro 10, Reyes 10, Carey 6, Fonacier 3, Hernandez 3, Rosales 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Tamsi 0.
PHOENIX 109 - McKay 31, Baguio 17, Dehesa 12, Kramer 12, Jazul 11, Intal 8, Viernes 6, Miranda 5, W. Wilson 5, Alolino 2, Borboran 0, Torres 0, J. Wilson 0, Wright 0.
Quarters: 31-30, 59-48, 100-75, 134-109
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.