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TNT nears top seed with rout of also-ran Star


By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--TNT put one foot on the top seed in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals after trouncing Star, 115-105, in the main game of the Sunday night doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The KaTropa banked on a 39-point third quarter to repulse the already-eliminated Hotshots and moved to within a win from finally securing first place.

Jayson Castro and Larry Fonacier each chipped in 21 points for TNT, which can seal the top spot in the playoffs with a win against Ginebra at the Alonte Sports Arena in BiƱan next week or a loss by the latter against Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Joel Wright tallied 27 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals for Star.

Box Scores:

TNT 115-Fonacier 21, Castro 21, Tautuaa 16, Ammons 14, Rosario 10, Madanly 10, Williams 9, Rosales 7, Reyes 5, De Ocampo 2, Carey 0, Rosser 0

Star 105-Wright 27, Simon 20, Pingris 17, Barroca 10, Maliksi 9, Garcia 8, Pascual 6, Reavis 4, Mallari 4, Brondial 0, Melton 0

Quarterscores: 27-27, 50-55, 89-83, 115-105

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