RR Pogoy and Jason Castro took turns in delivering the goods as TNT KaTropa outlasted Governors Cup champion Magnolia Pambansang Manok, 80-75, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night.
Pogoy scattered 26 points including five points in the extra period while Castro fired away 24, including 20 in the second half, to power the KaTropa back to a win after dropping their last game against the NLEX Road Warriors.
Troy Rosario also played a key role as the KaTropa beat the Hotshots in their debut in PBA Season 44.
Pogoy, Castro and Rosario combined for more than three-fourths of TNT's output in the game as the KaTropa got back on the winning track and moved notches up to fourth place at 3-3.
"We stuck with the system. There were some lapses and miscommunications but we came through in the end," said TNT coach Bong Ravena.
A basket by Rosario from a perfect feed by Castro had the KaTropa forcing the overtime play at 72-all. Then from a 74-all count in OT, Pogoy took over, bombing away a trey then a tough turn-around shot to clinch the win for the KaTropa.
It was a good game where no team led by more than six points. The Hotshots suffered a big blow when Paul Lee got hurt in the third period and failed to return.
Rob Herndon ably filled in for Lee for a while and top scored for the Hotshots with 16 markers. Rafi Reavis had his clutch hits but missed two crucial free throws while they were down by three at 74-77.
From that bungled freebies by Reavis, Pogoy knocked in a crucial twinner to all but seal their win at 79-74 with 30 ticks to go. The KaTropa stayed in the battle in the second half largely behind Castro.
At 3-3, the KaTropa are hopeful they're on track.*pba.ph
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