TNT KaTropa escaped from a slow start in the first quarter, erasing an early huge 17-point deficit and beat Alaska Aces, 119-110, in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday in Legazpi, Albay.
New import Joshua Smith, tallied 23 points and 10 rebounds and helped KaTropa improve to a 7-3 standing.
Returning to TNT after playing for Gilas Pilipinas, Jayson Castro produced 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the match against the Aces. Ranidel De Ocampo chipped in 15 points while the other player like RR Garcia and RR Pogoy tallied 13 and 12 markers respectively.
It was the Aces who had a big advantage early in the match with a 17-point lead, courtesy of KaTropa's miscue plays.
TNT's Troy Rosario snatched the lead at 56 - 55 as he did a layup shot in the second quarter but Chris Banchero quickly gave the lead back to Alaska with a buzzer-beating layup.
Vic Manuel however were forced to dismissed in the game after he injured his knee after a fast break layup in the start of second half.
Jefferson led Alaska with 29 points and seven rebounds but unfortunately not enough to stop the losing streak of the Aces.(courtesy: youtube/sports5)