TNT banks on Q3 blitz to stomp Blackwater

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Talk 'n  Text used a third quarter rally to turn its PBA Philippine Cup match against Blackwater to a rout and won, 109-98, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

After trailing by as high as six, 50-56, early in the third quarter, the Tropang Texters went on a 16-0 run later in the period to open a double-digit lead.

They eventually stretched their edge to as high as 19 and never looked back.

Jayson Castro exploded for 26 points, making five triples, along with one rebound, six assists, three steals, and a block for TNT, which bounced back from a stunning loss to NLEX.

Poy Erram and Carlo Lastimosa each tallied 18 markers for Blackwater, which lost for the fourth straight time.

Box Scores:

Talk 'n Text 109-Castro 26, Rosario 17, Fonacier 16, Tautuaa 16, Carey 11, Rosser 8, Williams 6, Miranda 3, Aban 2, J. Reyes 2, Seigle 2, R. Reyes 2

Blackwater 98-Erram 18, Lastimosa 18, Dela Cruz 13, Cortez 11, Reyes 9, Ballesteros 8, Cervantes 8, Sena 7, Gamalinda 6, Canada 0, Vosotros 0.

Quarterscores: 24-24; 50-51; 78-68; 109-98

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