By Adrian Stewart Co
Jeth Troy Rosario converted clutch baskets for TNT KaTropa as they escaped with a 103-100 win over NorthPort Batang Pier last night in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Trailing 82-73 early in the fourth quarter, KJ McDaniels came up with back-to-back dunks before Rosario unloaded nine straight points, including a triple, which cut TNT’s deficit to 86-87.
Batang Pier then built a 91-87 edge before McDaniels converted inside hits, followed by a jumper from Jayson Castro, to take a 98-97 lead.
NorthPort went on to regain the edge at 100-98 on a Kevin Ferrer triple.
Rosario, however, quickly answered with a corner triple to surge the KaTropa ahead 101-100 with 50 seconds left in the game. He then upped the lead to 103-100 with two free throws.
McDaniels tallied a double-double for TNT with 30 points and 18 rebounds, Rosario added 22 markers, Roger Pogoy – 17, and Castro – 10./ASC, WDJ