MANILA, Philippines–Don Trollano hit a pull-up jumper with 2.2 ticks remaining to will NLEX past TNT, 90-89, and help the Road Warriors get back on track in the PBA Philippine Cup Thursday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Down by eight entering the final quarter, NLEX turned to Kevin Alas before finding Trollano in the Road Warriors’ final play that had the club rising to 2-1.
“We expected to be scouted because coach (Jojo Lastimosa) is already with hem. So what we tried to do in practice was just to do some things differently. It worked out for us,” coach Yeng Guiao said in the post-game presser.
Alas finished the 16 points spiked with seven rebounds, and six assists, backstopping Calvin Oftana’s 20 and JR Quiñahan 18 who were all instrumental in nibbling at a 12-point deficit.
Trollano, for his part, wound up with 11 points and six boards.
Jayson Castro had one last look to save the game for TNT but his triple was just a tad too strong as it hit the back iron.
The Tropang Giga thus slid to 2-2.
Up next for NLEX is Barangay Ginebra, which it plays Wednesday next week at MOA Arena in Pasay City.
TNT, meanwhile, takes on another corporate sibling in Meralco this coming Saturday in a clash also scheduled at the hilltop venue.
NLEX 90 – Oftana 20, Quiñahan 18, Alas 16, Trollano 11, Rosales 8, Magat 5, Ighalo 4, Miranda 2, Soyud 2, Varilla 2, Semerad 0, Chua 0.
TNT 89 – Pogoy 28, K. Williams 11, Erram 11, Rosario 11, Castro 8, Khobuntin 5, Heruela 5, Alejandro 4, Cruz 2, Reyes 2, Tungcab 2, Marcelo 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Banal 0.
Quarters: 26-24, 45-52, 66-74, 90-89.
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