Unbeaten in four games, TNT KaTropa eyes to prolong its winning streak when it faces Columbian Dyip at 6:45 p.m. tonight in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
Led by former Houston Rockets guard KJ McDaniels, the KaTropa cruised past Blackwater (135-107), Rain or Shine (103-91) and Phoenix Pulse (123-118).
But TNT coach Bong Ravena wants more from his wards.
“We gave away 118 points,” said Ravena, referring to their last game against the Fuel Masters. “We can’t beat strong teams if we play like that. We have to improve and we can’t play the same way. We have to be consistent in our defensive effort.”
McDaniels finished with 32 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks against Phoenix. Troy Rosario had an equally impressive 32 points highlighted by 18 triples for the KaTropa.
Columbian Dyip poses a serious threat with import Khapri Alston and CJ Perez.
Alston had an average of 28.6 points, 18.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists while Perez’s is 25.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games. Columbian Dyip now holds a 2-1 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, Blackwater is still on a hunt for its first win after three assignments when it battles Northport in the 4:30 p.m. first game.
The Elite and Alaska, with a similar 0-3 record, are the two teams that are yet to post a win in this conference.
Rookie Bobby Ray Parks and Marqus Blakely will lead the Elite.
“We yearn to win tomorrow. The challenge is to win our first game to avoid being buried with a 0-3. It would be hard to recover if that happens because this is just a short tournament,” said Blackwater coach Aries Dimaunahan.
But Northport, after losing to Colombian Dyip, 108-114, last Wednesday, is determined to bounce back.
Rookie Robert Bolick’s 23 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists performance was wasted in their loss to the Columbian Dyip.
The Batang Pier are currently holding a 1-2 record.
Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel battles Northern Luzon Expressway at 10 p.m. (Philippine time) at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai.