Jayson Castro took charge with the game on the line to lift TNT to a pulsating 125-120 victory over a tough Columbian side in their Petron Saturday Special PBA Governors' Cup match at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
In the back-and-forth fourth quarter, Castro used his vast experience by racking up seven straight points to give TNT a 116-112 lead heading into the final three minutes.
Last year's top PBA rookie pick CJ Perez buried a three-pointer to slice TNT's lead to one. From there, TNT import KJ McDaniels and Don Trollano joined hands in hitting the all-important baskets down the stretch to preserve the KaTropa's unblemished record.
TNT improved to a tournament-best 4-0 record for the season-ending conference. Columbian dropped to an even 2-2 record with the loss.
McDaniels finished with all-around numbers of 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five blocks to lead TNT, while Roger Pogoy flirted with a double-double of 27 points and eight rebounds.
Castro chipped in 25 points, while Trollano came off the bench to score 19 and six boards.
Columbian's hulking import Khapri Alston led his team with 38 points, getting most of his points from the foul line after going 20-of-24.
Rashawn McCarthy had 26 while Perez added 23 in a losing effort.
TALK N TEXT 125 - McDaniels 29, Pogoy 27, Castro 25, Trollano 19, Rosario 7, Carey 6, Reyes 6, Vosotros 4, De Leon 2, A. Semerad 0.
COLUMBIAN 120 - Alston 38, McCarthy 26, Perez 23, Corpuz 9, Cahilig 9, Tiongson 8, Celda 3, Flores 2, Faundo 2, Cabrera 0, Calvo 0, Camson 0.
Quarters: 32-31, 66-53, 94-91, 125-120.
-TNT converted 57 percent from the field after making 42 of its 73 of its shots.
- American import KJ McDaniels went 11-of-19 from the floor as he attacked Columbian's defense with an assortment of dunks and three-point shooting.
- Columbian's "big three" of import Khapri Alston, CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy accounted for 60 of the team's 93 field goal attempts.
Columbian vs Blackwater on Oct. 11 at Mall of Asia Arena
TNT vs NorthPort on Oct. 9 at the Cuneta Astrodome