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Poy Erram scores eventual winner as TNT rallies to edge ROS in OT thriller

Troy Rosario led the Tropang Giga in scoring once more. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Poy Erram helped TNT complete a comeback from 16 points down to stun Rain Or Shine in overtime, 89-85, in their PBA Philippine Cup meeting on Thursday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Erram scored on a putback with 1:10 left that broke an 85-all deadlock, but the Tropang Giga had to heave a sigh of relief as the Elasto Painters missed on two potential go-ahead threes in the end.

Gian Mamuyac botched ROS's first crack to retake the lead when he missed a right-wing triple, but he picked Troy Rosario's pass, giving the team another chance.

TNT's tough defense, however, forced Rey Nambatac to go for an iso three that also rimmed out, and Jayson Castro hit two free throws at the other end to seal the team's win.

Troy Rosario led the Tropang Giga, who have now won back-to-back games after alternating between a win and a loss in their first four games and are now in fourth place at 4-2, with 19 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

Mikey Williams struggled in his season debut, going 5-for-20 from the field with four turnovers, but he converted the shots that mattered during their comeback and finished with 15 points alongside three rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Erram chipped in 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal.

Mike Nieto made 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Mamuyac added 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals and Santi Santillan came up with 17 markers, 10 boards, and one swat for the Elasto Painters, who blew a 56-40 lead in the third quarter and dropped their fourth straight game after their season-opening win.

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