The TNT KaTropa pushed its winning streak to six games with a 102-81 drubbing of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. KaTropa import Terrence Jones posted another triple-double, finishing the game with 33 points, 21 rebounds, and 13 assists. He also added four blocks and two steals.
TNT pulled away in the latter half of the second quarter as they ventured on an 18-5 run, taking a 56-42 lead at halftime.
It was more of the same for them in the third period, increasing their lead to as many as 25 points, 67-42.
Rain or Shine cut the lead to as low as seven, 73-66, following a jumper by Kris Rosales.
But in the opening moments of the fourth, Jones posterized Beau Belga, leading to retaliation from the burly center. Belga was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one for his actions. TNT then pulled away once again, and led once again by as many as 20 towards the end of the game, 97-77.
For the losing side, Denzel Bowles had a 28-point, eight-rebound effort.
Following the win, the KaTropa solidified their grip in the top spot with an 8-1 slate while the Elasto Painters sank to 3-5.
"I'm glad we made a lot of stops and made good shot selections. Defense was the key in this game," said TNT head coach Bong Ravena.
TNT (102) -- Jones 33, Pogoy 19, Castro 15, Trollano 13, Reyes 7, Rosario 6, Semerad 5, Taha 4, Casino 0, Heruela 0, Magat 0, Semerad 0.
ROS (81) -- Bowles 28, Mocon 19, Borboran 8, Norwood 8, Belga 4, Daquioag 3, Yap 3, Nambatac 2, Ponferada 2, Onwubere 0, Torres 0.
Quarter Scores: 24-25, 56-42, 73-66, 102-81.
Terrence Jones is the first TNT import since Jerald Honeycutt (2002 Governors' Cup) to record multiple triple-doubles in a conference, per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
Rain or Shine meanwhile suffered their second straight defeat.
TNT vs. Blackwater, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 7 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum
ROS vs. Alaska, 6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena