MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Jones put on another scoring clinic as TNT picked up its second straight win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 99-85 drubbing of Alaska at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, May 25.
The former NBA player submitted his second consecutive 40-point game with 43 points on a healthy 15-of-28 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 clip from deep to catapult the KaTropa to a 2-0 record.
Flashing other facets of his games, Jones also delivered 22 rebounds and 5 assists while being just as magnificent on the defensive end by disrupting the Aces with 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Jones was ejected with less than 3 minutes left for an unsportsmanlike foul on Jake Pascual, but TNT was up 93-79 by then and never reliquished its hold of the lead.
Jayson Castro chalked up 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, while Anthony Semerad had 11 points and 5 rebounds in the win.
Alaska trailed 48-50 at the break and was well within shouting distance midway through the 3rd quarter before seeing its deficit swell to double digits as Jones and Castro conspired for a 7-0 run heading into the final frame, 63-73.
The KaTropa kept pushing the pace in the payoff period and even led by as large as 19 off a Troy Rosario bucket with less than 7 minutes left, 88-69.
Chris Daniels had 23 points, 19 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks, but was hobbled by 9 turnovers as the Aces absorbed their second straight loss at 1-2.
JVee Casio had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, while the returning Chris Banchero chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.
TNT 99 – Jones 43, Castro 14, Semerad A. 11, Pogoy 9, Rosario 8, Heruela 7, Trollano 4, Taha 2, Williams 1, Semerad D. 0, Casino 0.
Alaska 85 – Daniels 23, Casio 22, Banchero 12, Racal 8, Pascual 7, Teng 5, Enciso 4, Thoss 2, Cruz 2, Exciminiano 0, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0, Ayaay 0.
Quarters: 24-23, 50-48, 73-63, 99-85.
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.