The TNT KaTropa Texters pulled off an 87-85 nerve-wracking win over the San Miguel Beermen to tie the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Jason Castro maximized his strength by registering 10 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists to lead KaTropa. While Castro was doing the damage in finding his teammates as well as in scoring, Troy Rosario was the recipient of some of those passes as he scored 14 points. Rosario also posted five rebounds and three assists.
TNT had the control of the game early by leading 11 points in the second quarter but the Beermen rallied through in an 11-1 spurt as they grabbed the lead 82-80 with 2:36 left. Bigman June Mar Fajardo was responsible in instigating the comeback but still the Beermen fall short. Castro dominated the last two minutes including a great pass to De Ocampo that provided the the lead 87-82 fr the Texters.
San Miguel was not ready to give up as Alex Cabagnot cut the deficit with a triple, 87-85, but it was not enough to catch up Katropa. Fajardo had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a whooping seven blocks while Cabagnot added 24 points and five rebounds.
Morever, Ranidel Ocampo also had a big game with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Mo Tautuaa added 12 points and nine boards. Roger Pogoy also contributed 11 points and nine rebounds for the TNT.