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TNT zaps ROS in PBA PH Cup QF opener

Calvin Oftana exploded for 32 points against ROS. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MAKATI—TNT banked on an explosive second half to turn back Rain Or Shine, 116-99, in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series opener on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Tropang Giga began pulling away from the Elasto Painters after scoring 32 third-quarter points to go up, 85-79, entering the fourth.

TNT then outscored ROS, 31-20, in the final frame to seal the win

Calvin Oftana led the Tropang Giga, who can close out the best-of-three series on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila, with 32 points on 12-for-19 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

RR Pogoy added 26 points on 11-of-18 shots, two rebounds, five assists, and one block.

Santi Santillan put up 23 points on 10-for-15 field goals, four rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal for the Elasto Painters.

The Scores:

TNT 116 – Oftana 32, Pogoy 26, K.Williams 19, Castro 11, Khobuntin 8, B.Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Aurin 4, Montalbo 3, Ponferrada 3, Heruela 2, Varilla 0, Galinato 0

RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Santillan 23, Borboran 13, Datu 11, Caracut 11, Clarito 10, Ildefonso 8, Nocum 7, Demusis 6, Belga 5, Mamuyac 4, Asistio 1, Norwood 0

QUARTERS: 26-24, 53-52, 85-79, 116-99

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