PBA: Dominant TNT remains unbeaten with easy win over Meralco

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Posted at Sep 03 2021 08:52 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2021 11:15 PM

From the PBA Facebook page
From the PBA Facebook page

(UPDATED) TNT Tropang GIGA gave the Meralco Bolts a rude awakening with a 91-76 beatdown in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Friday.

Mikey Williams drilled five treys to finish with 27 points for the Bolts, while Roger Pogoy added 20 points to go with his five rebounds.

Riding on a strong first half, the Texters led by as much as 30 points. The lead was whittled down to 11 early in the fourth period when the Bolts launched a series of runs. 

But the TNT made quick adjustments and fended off the comebacking Meralco.

John Pinto had 16 points and seven rebounds, while Reynel Hugnatan added 14 markers for the Bolts.

"We knew their ability to come back, and the key was our ability to stay patient facing their pressure defense as they tried to come back in the second half," said TNT coach Chot Reyes.

"It's very important. We talked about it at halftime."

The Texters' victory, however, came with a price.

Troy Rosario injured his right ankle early in the fourth and failed to return.

"Hopefully, Troy Rosario's injury is not too severe that he'll be able to play Sunday," said Reyes.

TNT now sports a 5-0 slate while dealing Meralco's second defeat in seven games.

The Bolts were coming off a scintillating 95-94 victory over Magnolia prior to their loss to the Texters.

The scores:

TNT 91 - Williams 27, Pogoy 20, Castro 14, Erram 9, Khobuntin 8, Heruela 5, Rosario 4, K. Williams 4, Exciminiano 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Alejandro 0, Marcelo 0, Javier 0, Mendoza 0.

Meralco 76 -- Pinto 16, Hugnatan 14, Black 8, Hodge 8, Belo 6, Quinto 6, Newsome 5, Caram 4, Maliksi 3m Alamazan 2, Pasaol 2, Jamito 2, Jacksn 0, Jose 0, Baclao 0.

Quarters: 22-13, 54-26, 74-59, 91-76