PBA: Finding shooting touch will be key as TNT, Alaska go for first win


Posted at Dec 29 2017 05:34 AM

Jayson Castro and TNT hope to shoot better than they did in the first game when the KaTropa take on Alaska on Friday. PBA Media Bureau

TNT and Alaska faltered in their respective starts in the PBA Philippine Cup. They hope to bounce back on Friday and end the year with a bang.

The two teams mix it up at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome, in the league's final playdate of 2017. 

Blackwater and Rain Or Shine open the double-header at 4:15 p.m.

TNT fell to Rain Or Shine 82-79 last week, the lowest-scoring game so far in the conference. In the loss, TNT missed 71 field goals for 30% shooting; Rain Or Shine didn't do well either, missing 50 shots.

"Ang dami naming misses," Jayson Castro said in a story posted on the PBA website after seeing his effort of 18 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds go down the drain.

TNT coach Nash Racela said Castro was one of the team's few bright spots.

"I think if you look at the whole game, Jayson was making the right decisions, taking the shots that he needed to take, making the passes," Racela said.

"It just so happened that his teammates weren't able to convert. We'll find ways to have better execution next time.”

Despite being healthy, Alaska couldn't get over short-handed Magnolia in their first game, a 108-95 rout.

Part of the reason the Aces lost was their inability to hit from long distance. Magnolia, thanks to hot shooting by Paul Lee, made 11 of 26 from downtown (42%), compared with Alaska's 6-of-20 clip (30%).

In the first game, Blackwater eyes its first victory not just in the conference but against Rain Or Shine, a team the Elite haven't beaten in 10 games.

After being down by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, Blackwater stormed back to make it a game, before losing in the game's waning seconds.

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