KaTropa rout Elite, notch playoff bonus; Kings thump Hotshots

first_imgTaal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Team Nos. 3 and 6 will clash and Nos. 4 and 5 will battle in separate best-of-five series to determine the other two semifinalists.Only NLEX has so far bombed out of contention, with Columbian Dyip within another loss of joining the Road Warriors.Troy Rosario and four more locals tossed in twin digits for TNT, something which Jones said could be attributed to their ever-improving chemistry.“[We’re] building chemistry. I know where my guys are going to be with those up and down shots. That’s all I could ask from them: be aggressive and shoot the ball,” he said.Rookie Ray Parks Jr. scored 21 to pace the Elite.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Lanterns show more cohesion in nipping Kuyas; Risers triumph Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickscenter_img PBA IMAGESTentative at first, TNT turned to its defense to thwart Blackwater, 115-97, and capture the other twice-to-beat incentive while extending its sterling run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The KaTropa cranked it up in the second quarter and took everything the Elite could muster, marching to a tournament-best seventh-straight win for 9-1 overall that assured them of the playoff bonus in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted The Hotshots dropped to 5-4.“[Defense] got us tonight’s game—it started for us in the first half with a lot of stops and then we get it in transition where everybody can score and be aggressive,” he said in a televised interview.Jones’ view was echoed by coach Bong Ravena: “We really planned to lock in on defense—to be consistent with it. We didn’t take them (Elite) for granted.”The KaTropa close out against Magnolia on July 17, and a win would give them No. 1 ranking and the lowest-ranked foe in the quarterfinals. TNT would need to beat that team just once to make the Final Four.Idle NorthPort secured No. 2 seeding as early as last week and will face the No. 7 seed, also needing to win just once.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Jones had a big night once again, completing a third triple-double with 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 assists.But he still stressed that it was TNT’s defensive might that took the fight out of Blackwater, which fell to 6-4 but still remained in good position heading into the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBarangay Ginebra, packing so much firepower, broke away in the third quarter later in the night to rout Magnolia, 102-81, and remain in the upper half of the playoff draw.Justin Brownlee had 49 points, 20 rebounds and missed a triple-double by just three assists in leading the Gin Kings to their sixth win in 10 games.last_img read more