Trollano jumper tows NLEX past TNT

July 19, 2022 0 Comments

Don Trollano delivered the knockout blow as NLEX completed a dramatic 90-89 comeback win over TNT Tropang Giga in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Thursday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.,Trollano drilled the game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining to power the Road Warriors back from 12-point down en route to their second win in three outings.,Calvin Oftana fired 20 points and four rebounds, while JR Quinahan fired 18 markers and six boards for NLEX, which is looking to claim its first PBA title.,Alas chipped in 14 of 16 points in the second half while Trollano racked up 11 markers and six rebounds, including the game’s biggest basket.,“Well, we expected that it’s going to be a hard fight against TNT. We know we are well scouted because Coach (Jojo Lastimosa) is already there,” Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao said.,“What we tried to do in practice is just do things differently. It was hard to adjust.”,The Tropang Giga came out firing with Roger Pogoy rifling 17 points that established a 52-45 lead at the half.,The Road Warriors, however, roared back as Alas hit three charities to claim an 88-87 lead with only 39 seconds left in the final canto.,Then, Troy Rosario hit a bank shot to give TNT an 89-88 lead, but Trollano crushed whatever hopes TNT had with a hotly-contested jumper off an inbound play to seal the victory.,Action continues today as San Miguel Beer shoots for its third straight win when it battles a dangerous Magnolia squad at the same Antipolo venue.,Game time is at 6 p.m. with the surging Beermen trying to keep their fiery form and maintain their unbeaten run in the early stretch of the tournament.,Struggling Phoenix and Terrafirma, meanwhile, will battle for a breakthrough victory in the 3 p.m. appetizer.,The Beermen displayed their might in the opening week as their balanced attack resulted to a 108-100 triumph over the Fuel Masters followed by a 100-92 conquest of NLEX.,San Miguel mentor Leo Austria said another win could give them a better rhythm, citing their improved chemistry as compared to their underwhelming 46th season.,“They are saying that this is our conference. But, of course, we have to work hard for it,” said Austria, who is expecting another solid performance from June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez and Vic Manuel.,“In previous conferences, you never witnessed the team win immediately. In fact, last conference, we had a 0-2 start.”