By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno
MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– TNT scored a win in Chot Reyes’ return as head coach by trampling Terrafirma, 86-79, in a PBA Philippine Cup game on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Tropang Giga bucked a slow start that even saw the Dyip take a 20-17 lead through a 28-13 second quarter for a 45-33 halftime advantage.
TNT appeared to be holding on after taking an 83-71 cushion with 4:09 to play in the fourth quarter, but Terrafirma went on an 8-1 run to draw to within five, 79-84, with 2:10 left.
The Tropang Giga held the Dyip scoreless the rest of the way even as Poy Erram sealed the win with a breakaway layup.
Jayson Castro led TNT with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal off the bench.
Erram (15 points,11 rebounds) and Troy Rosario (14 points,10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles to backstop Castro.
Aldrech Ramos put up 17 markers and two boards to lead Terrafirma, who saw first round picks Joshua Munzon and James Laput held to only six points each. (PNA)