Defending champ TNT avoids second upset in a row

TNT guard Jason Castro.  PBA picture

TNT guard Jason Castro. PBA picture

With TNT laying the foundation stone still in other parts of the world as its successor, Jason Castro did what he has done many times in the past for Trapang Giger on Sunday night: Bail them.

The Wiley Point Guard hit a floater with 2.6 seconds left which pushed Tropang Giga to the front as the defending champions decided to go 86-83 on a hard-fought Converse to avoid a broken ax for the second game in a row. PBA Philippine Cup Track at Yanares Center in Antipolo City.

“Our players have never given up, even when all is lost. Ironically, we are lucky that [the FiberXers] We also missed their free throw, and we pulled [out] W, thanks to the guy next to me who found a way to score in that final attack. [play]TNT coach Chot Reyes said in an interview with the traditional winning coach where he sat next to Castro.

Barange Genebra was another heavyweight who won 85-82 against Blackwater after keeping Bosing goalless in the last 65 seconds of the nightcap.

Castro, who turned down a lucrative offer to play in China before the epidemic, finished with 17 points, led by all TNT shooters.

The victory knocked out Alejandro 10 from the bench, including a pair of freebies that saved the late heroism of Castro and Roger Pogba and sealed the victory, which TNT eventually improved to 2-1.

“On the overall plan, as other teams get Ws, it’s always important for us to tackle and stay in the winning column,” Reyes said as TNT avoided another defeat.

Last Thursday, Trapang Giga lost to Dormat Blackwater of the Perennial League, 65-6.

“We still have a lot of games left, but it’s important that we think the teams have a good chance of losing, we can take care of them,” the TNT coach said.

Castro will have to play his A-game every night with Mickey Williams, who won the top rookie award last season and is preparing to take charge of the team with Castro in the twilight of his career, still in the United States and refusing to come to discuss some details pending resolution .

Williams was a big part of why Tropang Giga won this conference last season.

“We’re focusing on who’s here and not who’s not here,” Reiss said. “It simply came to our notice then. But the way I see it is that if we can overcome this adversity, it will strengthen us and make us grow. ”

Reyes and TNT will have a chance to gain some legitimacy while playing corporate siblings NLEX this Thursday.

Converse, meanwhile, will try to get back on track against Meralco in the nightcap on the same day.

The TNT actually looks strong for most nights, managing well except for Williams and Kib Montalbo.

This, however, turned into a pay-off frame when the cunning Justin Arana and Maverick Ahnmisi joined hands to bring FiberXers back to the density of things.

RK Elagan was ready to be the hero again for the Converse, hitting the pull-up jumper at 83-82 with 24 seconds left. INQ

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