(UPDATED) TNT Tropang Giga hardly showed any rust from its two-week layoff in beating Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Friday.
The Tropang GIGA toppled the E-Painters, 79-69, despite coming off a break in play due to COVID-19 protocols.
Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy combined for 26 points for TNT, which led by as much as 16 over Rain or Shine.
Glen Khobuntin and Jayson Castro added 10 and 9 markers, respectively.
Prized rookie Mikey Wiliams made his debut but struggled with only 7 points.
TNT Coach Chot Reyes said he was not expecting much from Williams in his debut since he still needs more time with his new team.
"I will be the first to tell you that it was far from impressive. However, it is pretty evident that he gets his teammates involved. And I think the good part here is that his teammates like playing with him," said Reyes after the game.
"But these are small steps, baby steps for us as a team."
The Tropang GIGA seized control of the game right from the opening buzzer and rarely had problems in dealing the E-Painters their second defeat.
Jayvee Mocon scored 22 points for Rain or Rhine, which also got 12 from Mark Borboran.
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