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TNT rallies to trounce NLEX


By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--TNT fought back in the fourth quarter to beat sister squad NLEX, 101-95, in their PBA Governors' Cup clash at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The KaTropa roared back from nine points down and pulled away late to repulse the Road Warriors and stay unbeaten after four starts for the provisional solo lead.

NLEX opened a 74-65 lead early in the fourth, but TNT used an 11-2 run to tie the game, 76-all, with 8:46 remaining.

The game became a mini seesaw battle until the KaTropa used a 7-0 blast to lead, 85-81, with less than seven minutes left.

The Road Warriors stayed in step and eventually took a 93-91 lead with under three minutes to go.

TNT clinched the win with a 10-2 blast sparked by Troy Rosario's go-ahead three-point play with 1:11 left in the game.

Rosario finished with 20 points behind Jayson Castro, who initiated the KaTropa's payoff period rally with 11 of his club-high 23 in the final 12 minutes.

Henry Walker led the Road Warriors with 26 markers.

Box Scores:

TNT 101-Castro 23, Rosario 20, Little 18, Madanly 10, Rosales 8, Williams 7, De Ocampo 6, R. Reyes 5, Seigle 2, Tautuaa 2, Nuyles 0, Carey 0

NLEX 95-Walker 26, Taulava 14, Anthony 12, J. Villanueva 12, Baracael 10, Khobuntin 9, Akl 7, Arboleda 3, E. Villanueva 2, Lanete 0, Monfort 0, Reyes 0

Quarters: 18-21, 44-48, 65-71, 101-95

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