Phoenix Fuel Masters 74 – TNT KaTropa 72
Doug Kramer may have only finished with eight points, but his final two points came at the right time as he lifted the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a big win over the TNT KaTropa.
With eight seconds left in the game, Phoenix ran a picture perfect play to get them the game winner. Gelo Alolino started the play from the top of the key. He waited for Matthew Wright who was curling along the baseline to pop out on the right wing. Wright used a screen by Kramer to get to his spot. When Wright got to the three-point area, both TNT defenders converged on him. Wright issued a nice bounce pass to Kramer who slipped to the hoop after the screen. Kramer lofted a floater over the outstretched arms of a recovering Anthony Semerad that splashed through the hoop. Kramer also did his job on the other end, defending Kelly Williams’ shot that missed at the buzzer.
TNT held the lead for most of the game. They teamed up to build a 10-point lead in half time behind the efforts Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy. They held on to a five-point lead heading into the final period before their shooting went cold. TNT only scored 11 points in the final period allowing Phoenix to take over the game.
There was a scary moment in the fourth period when Troy Rosario went up for a rebound and was inadvertently hit by Jason Perkins as he was landing. Rosario landed hard and hit his head on the court. He had to be stretchered off the floor and brought to the nearest hospital.
Barangay Ginebra 103 – Kia Picanto 77
Barangay Ginebra bounced back from a tough loss in their last game to pull even at .500 in the standings. They trounced the Kia Picanto by 26 points to get back on the winning track.
After another slow start where Kia was able to keep in step with them, Ginebra found their bearings in the second period to pull away for good. The Picanto were within one-point after 12 minutes and still within four points midway through the second. Ginebra leaned on their inside attack to get their points. Starters Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter and Scottie Thompson teamed up on a searing 11-0 run to build a 17-point lead. Thompson hit a three-pointer near the end of the period to give Ginebra a 19-point lead heading into half time. That lead would balloon to 28 points in the second half as Ginebra cruised to the win.
Thompson led Ginebra with a near triple-double of 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Slaughter led the team in scoring with 14 points. Aguilar and Tenorio both scored in double-digits, combining for 26 points. Ginebra shot 49% from the field and 41% from beyond the arc. Their offense was clicking as they had 30 assists as a team.