The Rundown From Saturday’s PBA: Pogoy Heats Up in TNT Win

Here is a quick recap of Sunday’s 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup games, including RR Pogoy’s impressive shooting display in TNT’s win over NorthPort. 

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Pogoy Shoots TNT Past NorthPort

Behind a scintillating first-half performance from RR Pogoy, the TNT Tropang Giga ran away with a 117-73 victory over the NorthPort Batang Pier. Pogoy finished with a game-high 32 markers, including a perfect shooting display in the first half. The former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay already had 26 points by the end of the first two quarters, helping TNT carve a 14-point lead entering the halftime break.

TNT import Cameron Oliver fired blanks from three-point land but still finished with 20 points, most of which came from highlight-reel dunks. Backcourt star Mikey Williams, who didn’t play in the team’s conference opener, came off the bench to pour in 19 points in the win.

Arvin Tolentino topscored for NorthPort with 19 markers, while Prince Ibeh hauled in a double-double of 18 points and 12 boards. The Batang Pier fall to a 2-2 record, while the Tropang Giga evened out their win-loss slate with a 1-1 record to start the conference.

Tio Sparks Fuel Masters’ Breakthrough Win

A balanced production on offense helped the Phoenix Super LPG score a morale-boosting 111-97 win over the NLEX Road Warriors. Tyler Tio finished with 26 points, sparking a second-half run that powered the Fuel Masters to their first victory in four games. Phoenix import Kaleb Wesson also came through with an all-around performance of 22 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Most importantly, Phoenix also got more contributions from their locals. Javee Mocon did his usual damage, contributing 23 points in the win, while RJ Jazul and Encho Serrano combined for 34 points off the bench.

Earl Clark had a game-high 36 points for the Road Warriors, who saw their starting lineup all score in double digits. But it was on the defensive end that NLEX failed, as they allowed Phoenix to make 41% of their three-point shots.

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