TNT repulses gritty Columbian to take solo 1st anew

KJ McDaniels takes flight for the jam. PBA Media Group
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--TNT reclaimed the solo top spot in the PBA Governors' Cup standings after turning back Columbian, 125-120, on Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Hours after the San Miguel Beermen tied them in the conference table in Dubai, the KaTropa quickly got first place back after a 12-5 run late in the game gave them the lead for good, 123-117, after the Dyip were up, 110-109, midway in the fourth quarter.

Columbian still had a chance to force overtime when CJ Perez converted a three-pointer that cut the lead down to three, 123-120, with a minute left.

However, TNT's defense kept the team scoreless from thereon, and RR Pogoy made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining for the dagger.

KJ McDaniels made 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and one steal for the KaTropa, who are now 4-0 after the victory.

Pogoy added 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and three steals, while Jayson Castro put up 25 markers, two boards, six dimes, and one steal.

Khapri Alston made 38 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and four steals for the Dyip, who fell to 2-2.

Rashawn McCarthy tallied 26 markers, five caroms, five dimes, and one steal, while Perez added 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

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