TNT KaTropa turned this Independence Day setto to a three-point party -- a three-point bash in particular for RR Pogoy.
The Cebuano gunner fired 10-of-18 treys to highlight a career-high 38-point explosion as the KaTropa turned back the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 104-96, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.
"I felt good shooting the ball. Our import kept on finding me open, and I just kept on shooting," said Pogoy after establishing the most number of triples made by a TNT player.
Facing a constant double-teaming defense from the Ginebra defenders, Terrence Jones opted to be a facilitator and finished with triple-double numbers as the KaTropa scored a third straight win and caught up with the Blackwater Elite and the NorthPort Batang Pier in the lead at 5-1.
Jones collected 17 points, 14 rebounds and 16 assists, setting up most of Pogoy's three-point bombs as TNT dealt Ginebra a third loss against two wins.
Jayson Castro (17 points), Don Trollano (12) and Troy Rosario (11) also delivered double-digit outputs for the KaTropa who stretched their streak to three games.
It was a roller-coaster ride for the KaTropa who blew an early double-digit spread but recovered to pummel the Kings in the fourth quarter.
The Kings had their key surge as they pounded the few minutes sat out by Jones after a flagrant infraction in LA Tenorio in the third period.
Ginebra led by as many as 10 and closed the third frame with a 77-69 margin on a buzzer-beating trey by Joe Devance.
But the KaTropa refused to be disheartened.
Jones, Pogoy and Castro teamed up to get TNT back in front.
Jones drove the lane then kicked the ball out to Pogoy for a three-pointer that tied the count at 79-all.
Then Castro scored on a barreling drive as TNT regained the upper hand at 81-79.
Trollano joined the prey later as the KaTropa sustained a fiery finish to seal the deal. (SB)