Try as they might, GlobalPort just couldn’t get over the hump against TNT Ka Tropa, falling to them for the 2nd straight game, ending their Philippine Cup campaign 90 – 95.
Terrence Romeo was the usual engine of the GlobalPort Batang Pier but TNT Ka Tropa was well aware of this fact, attempting to shut him down at all costs. Romeo scored 20 points, trying to jumpstart his team, heaving shot after shot from beyond the arc hitting only 2 of 15 three pointers. TNT’s defense also forced him to commit 5 turnovers to go with his paltry 21 percent from the field.
On the other end, Ranidel de Ocampo came up big for the the Ka Tropa, finishing with 25 points while going 70 percent from the line, swishing all of his 10 free throws in the process. His offensive outburst included nails to GlobalPort’s Philippine Cup coffin, stretching the lead beyond their reach with only seconds left to play.
Early on it looked like TNT was going to run away with this game, building a healthy 20 point lead half way through the 2nd quarter. But Romeo and GlobalPort would not go quietly into the night. Inch by inch they clawed back into the game, closing the gap to 7 by halftime.
It looked again as though TNT would blow the game wide open in the 3rd, but Stanley Pringle, JR Quinahan and Mike Cortez fought back and kept the game within 11 before entering the 4th. GlobalPort got a taste of the lead going down the stretch but poor execution kept the door open for TNT, and while they didn’t storm through it, TNT comfortably stayed in and took the game away.
For their efforts, TNT will face the defending champion San Miguel Beermen in the semi finals.