August 31, 2017

KaTropa goes for 3rd straight win against Batang Pier to close in on the leaders

TnT Katropa tries to crowd out the PBA Governors Cup leaders as it goes for a third straight win against unpredictable Globalport on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The 7 p.m. main game will be the third outing for the Katropa in a week's span, a stretch that saw them posted back-to-back victories against Phoenix and Blackwater.

The win streak gave the team a 4-2 record in a tie at fourth spot with Rain or Shine. But another victory this time against the Batang Pier will allow the Katropa to move closer on frontrunners Star Hotshots and defending champion Barangay Ginebra Kings, both carrying 5-1 slates.

The run couldn't have come at a better time with the team finally playing with a complete line-up as Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario are now back with the KaTropa following their stint with Gilas Pilipinas.

"We're slowly getting complete as a team," said coach Nash Racela following TnT's 117-96 romp over Blackwater on Wednesday in which Rosario played in his first game since returning from the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

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Globalport has been on a roller-coaster ride despite continuous effort to upgrade its roster dating back from the Commissioner's Cup.

The Batang Pier, who added Ryan Arana and Mac Baracael during the season-ending meet, are currently out of the loop in the race for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs with their 2-3 record after losing their last outing against San Miguel, 115-112.

The match up against TnT is just the start of a backbreaking six-game stretch in the next three weeks for Globalport.

After the Katropa, the Batang Pier take on NLEX this Sunday (Sept. 3), followed by Alaska (Sept. 8), Star (Sept. 15), Blackwater (Sept. 17), and Meralco (Sept. 22).

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