TNT KaTropa appeared to miss its Gilas standouts less than that of San Miguel Beer’s lone national team representative as the Texters dealt the Beermen their first loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 112-103 decision on Friday night.
Without Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy, Donte Greene shouldered most of the load as the TNT import exploded for 41 points and 21 boards to lead the Texters in stunning a Beermen missing reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo.
Larry Fonacier knocked down two crucial three-pointers that doused SMB rallies while RR Garcia also proved to be a villain against the Beermen in his first game against his former team as they also filled the void for the Texters, who registered a sixth victory in eight games.
Greene was more efficient in getting his numbers as he only took less than 38 minutes to reach his output for the Texters, who had led by as many as 14 points before allowing the Beermen to make a late comeback.
SMB came to within two points, 100-98, after a Marcio Lassiter layup, but that’s when Fonacier retaliated with his first of two triples, draining one from the right wing to give his team a two-possession lead.
The Final Scorecard Result:
TNT 112 – Greene 41, Williams 15, Fonacier 14, Garcia 12, Tautuaa 11, Carey 6, Reyes 5, Rosales 4, De Ocampo 4
SMB 103 – Rhodes 43, Ross 17, Lassiter 17, Santos 11, Cabagnot 7, Espinas 6, De Ocampo 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0
Quarterscores: 27-16, 53-42, 79-70, 112-103