TNT Tropang Giga Stage Thrilling Comeback, Edge Out Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 108-107

TNT Tropang Giga Stage Thrilling Comeback, Edge Out Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 108-107

In a dramatic opening to their PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup campaign, the TNT Tropang Giga showcased their resilience and experience as they mounted a thrilling comeback to secure a narrow 108-107 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday night at the Ynares Center.

Calvin Oftana emerged as the hero for TNT, delivering a stellar performance with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, including the crucial final five points in a decisive 9-0 run that sealed the win for the Tropang Giga. The victory also marked a triumphant return for head coach Chot Reyes, who received a fitting present from his team in his comeback game.

Reflecting on his return, Reyes expressed his gratitude and emphasized his continuous involvement with the team, both in practice and games, despite his absence from the sidelines.

Joining Oftana in the scoring department were Roger Pogoy with 22 points, Kim Aurin with a season-high 21 points off the bench, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Jayson Castro with 14 points. Their collective effort and veteran leadership played a crucial role in TNT’s comeback victory.

Despite a valiant effort from Rain or Shine, led by Adrian Nocum and Santi Santillan with 20 points each, the Elasto Painters fell short in the closing moments of the game. Nocum’s performance was particularly noteworthy, although he was hampered by leg cramps late in the fourth quarter.

The game featured intense back-and-forth action, with both teams trading leads throughout the contest. Ultimately, it was TNT’s composure and experience that proved to be the difference as they executed clutch plays down the stretch to secure the win.

Both teams will look to build on this opening game performance as they continue their campaign in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup. TNT will face Blackwater in their next game, while Rain or Shine will take on Meralco in their upcoming matchup.

With their thrilling comeback victory, TNT Tropang Giga set the tone for what promises to be an exciting season ahead in the PBA.