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TNT Manhandles San Miguel Beer, Goes 3-0 in PBA Philippine Cup

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TNT Tropang Giga continued its hot start in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup with a 107-88 domination over San Miguel Beermen last night at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.

John Paul Erram tallied double-double 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 22 markers as the Tropang Giga surged to solo first place in the standings with 3-0 slate.

Jeth Troy Rosario chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds, as Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Simon Enciso also submitted double-figures offense with 15, 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

The Tropang Giga set the tone early with 16-5 start on 10 early points by Parks. The Beermen chopped the deficit to single digit but conversions from Castro and Pogoy gave TNT a 30-19 lead.

TNT remained on top at 41-27 at the onset of the second period behind baskets from Erram and Rosario but SMB rallied to within 35-41 before the Tropang Giga pulled away at 57-38 on consecutive points from Erram.

The Beermen came closest at 54-65 early in the third period but the Tropang Giga managed to pull away anew with hits from Erram, Rosario, Pogoy and Parks for its biggest advantage at 107-85 on a three-point play by Lervin Flores.

Alex Cabagnot finished with 15 points, while Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross added 14 and 13 markers, respectively, as the defending champions Beermen slumped to 1-2 win-loss slate.

BOX SCORE:

TNT 107 – Erram 27, Parks 25, Rosario 16, Pogoy 15, Castro 11, Enciso 10, Reyes 3, Flores 3, Semerad 0, Washington 0, De Leon 0, Alejandro 0, Vosotros 0.

SAN MIGUEL 88 – Cabagnot 15, Lassiter 14, Ross 13, Santos 11, Romeo 11, Tautuaa 9, Zamar 5, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Gamalinda 2, Escoto 2, De Guzman 1, Alolino 0, Comboy 0.

Quarterscores: 30-19, 57-38, 92-70, 107-88.

PHOTO: TNT Tropang Giga’s John Paul Erram protects the ball from San Miguel Beermen’s Russel Escoto.