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TNT halts streaking NorthPort in PBA Philippine Cup

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TNT Tropang Giga recovered from a slow start to defeat NorthPort Batang Pier, 102-92, in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Mikey Williams led the way with 29 points, Kib Montalbo added career-high 22 points as Jeth Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams contributed 18 and 11, respectively, as the Tropang Giga improved to 9-1.

Down by as much as 10 points midway in the second quarter, the Tropang Giga relied on outside and inside conversions from Rosario to seize a 42-41 advantage at the half.

The Tropang Giga continued its rampage in the third quarter behind outside conversions from Williams and inside hits Montalbo as lead grew to 71-59.

The Batang Pier tried to keep the match close several times in the second half with the closest at seven points but outside hits by Williams and Montalbo increased Tropang Giga’s lead to 15.

Juan Paolo Taha top-scored with 20 points, while Kevin Ferrer and Jamie Malonzo had 17 and 15, respectively, as the Batang Pier slumped to 4-4 slate.