STA. ROSA, Laguna—Shorthanded TNT tried to overtake an enormous deficit earlier than falling short once more to the Chiba Jets, 75-66, on Wednesday within the East Asia Tremendous League at Metropolis of Sta. Rosa Multi-Function Advanced right here.
Regardless of import Quincy Miller main the fightback, the Tropang Giga couldn’t get themselves nearer to the Japanese facet regardless of slicing a deficit of 20 down to 5 a number of occasions within the second half to endure a second straight loss within the regional competitors.
“I believe we misplaced the sport at first,” mentioned Lastimosa, lamenting on TNT’s sluggish begin. “For us being the house group and sleeping in our personal beds and never have that sort of vitality at first of the sport, I believe that was the distinction.”
Miller’s 22 factors and 13 rebounds was not sufficient for TNT, which performed minus its PBA Commissioner’s Cup reinforcement Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Hollis-Jefferson attended the sport however Lastimosa mentioned he’s uncertain for Sunday’s season-opener in opposition to Magnolia because of gastroenteritis.
Jets import John Mooney imposed loads of issues for the Tropang Giga beneath and led the way in which with 30 factors and 16 rebounds.
Yuki Togashi added 14 factors and 5 assists to place the B.League facet in an ideal 3-0 document in Group A.
Jaydee Tungcab was the one TNT native in double figures with 10 factors after a strong first half taking pictures. Calvin Oftana had eight factors, six rebounds, three assists and three steals however dedicated six turnovers in his first sport for the Tropang Giga since successful the gold for Gilas Pilipinas within the Hangzhou Asian Video games.
CHIBA 75—Mooney 30, Stephens 15, Togashi 14, Ogawa 7, Hara 5, Okura 4, Brown 0, Kanechika 0, Arao 0, Tobin 0.
TNT 66—Miller 22, Tungcab 10, Oftana 8, Castro 8, Williams Ok. 7, Khobuntin 3, Ponferada 3, Cruz 3, Reyes 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Montalbo 0.
Quarters: 23-14, 50-32, 64-56, 75-66.