Katropa flog Bolts

Don Trollano

TALK ‘N TEXT leaned on a third quarter breakaway to bring down Meralco, 104-91, and grab the solo lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Terrence Jones sizzled with a league-high 49 points on a 7-of-11 stint from the three-point area, and grabbed 18 rebounds as he mesmerized an appreciative crowd during Petron Blaze Saturday game special at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jones was ably backed up by  Ryan Reyes, Don Trollano and Troy Rosario who combined for 40 points for the kaTropa who have now notched their sixth win in seven outings that put them on top of the leaderboard.

Jones was at his best at the onset of the fourth quarter when he scored TNT’s first 18 points in a sheer display of marksmanship that totally took the fight out of the Bolts.

Troy Rosario made a reverse undergoal stab to become the first Katropa to score outside of Jones for a telling 20-2 run that made it a 101-82 lead with 3:59 left to play

“Another tremendous game for Terrence Jones,” uttered coach Bong Ravena as he made his way to the press room for the customary post-game interview.

The Katropa missed the services of top gunner Jayson Castro, who got married also on Saturday.

Chris Newsome knocked in 32 points as he single-handedly carried the Bolts to no avail. Worse, even their import in Jimmie Taylor finished with a measly 13 points.

Barangay Ginebra takes on Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer while Magnolia plays Columbian Dyip as the elimination round reaches its crucial phase today.

The Gin Kings are looking for their third win in six games that will bolster their playoff chances, while the Beermen are going for their second straight win after a 0-2 start in the midseason conference.

“Needless to say, it’s been a struggle for us so far this conference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, whose Gin Kings battle the Beermen in the main tussle at 6:45 p.m.

“Last year, however, we started 1-5 before going on to win the championship, so we can take heart that we’re still ahead of that pace,” added Cone. “Still, we understand that we have to get going against. But I feel our guys have a good sense of urgency moving forward.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association added a significant meaning to Father’s Day celebration by holding its blood donation drive today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

No less than league commissioner Willie Marcial will spearhead the project, now on its fourth year, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The blood donation is in line with the league’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project through the Alagang PBA program.

It starts at 12 noon at the Big Dome green gate.

“What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to donate blood for a cause. Kaya sana sa lahat ng mga kapwa nating tatay and sa mga PBA fans, sana suportahan ninyo po ’yung blood donation project ng liga,” said Marcial.

Marcial also said that Gillette, the official razor