In a high-scoring match, the TNT Tropang Texters made their way towards victory by bouncing back from a 14-point deficit into the final quarter to outlast Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 101-98, in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jayson Castro single-handedly propelled his side to victory top scoring with 19 points, 10 assists, six boards, and two blocks, also having one against Pail Lee with half a minute remaining, failing which the game could have reached to even. Castro’s triple with 52.9 seconds left, fired off an 11-0 run for TNT to break the 98-all stalemate and bounced back from a 14-point deficit two minutes into the last quarter.
Elasto Painters were in full swing in the first quarter and had full chance to win the game when the Castro deliberated foul with just 2.5 seconds left, which gave Gabe Norwood two free throws adding possession to the Painters. But Norwood could not survive both chances and Painters failed to carry out the final possession.
Even the final frame, TNT were down with 85-74 but moved on a 27-13 run to finish the game and take home the victory. In the first 2 two quarters, veteran Quinahan and Dior Lowhorn grabbed 23 points for E-Painters.
Head Coach Jong Uichico after the game said
“It’s good that we survived this tough game…When you’re playing Rain or Shine you’d like to defend decently because we know they can manufacture points. We try to defend them as best we can but we also need to score, and that’s what happened in that run.”
Mario Little who came off the bench import swept off 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal in his PBA debut. While Michael Madanly import from Syrian added 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. TNT registers their first ever win of the conference that too team playing without Troy Rosario, Matt Ganuelas- Rosser and Kelly Williams.