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June 12, 2019

Pogoy fires 10 treys, Jones collects triple-double as KaTropa repulse Kings

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.

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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.

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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)