TERRENCE Jones delivered another monster performance as TnT Katropa destroyed Meralco, 104-91, to grab the solo lead in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The former NBA player exploded for a new PBA career-high of 49 points, including 18 straight in a sizzling 20-2 blast in the fourth quarter that allowed the Katropa to run away with their sixth win in seven outings.
Jones hit 7-of-11 from three-point range and grabbed 18 rebounds in a remarkable performance during the Petron Blaze Saturday Special.
The numbers of the 28-year-old Jones were more than enough to make up for the absence of main man Jayson Castro, who got married early in the day, and Anthony Semerad (sick).
"Tremendous game again for Terrence. Hopefully every game maka-40 up siya and it will be easier for us," said coach Bong Ravena.
"Pero at the same time, the locals should step up also."
Jones did get more than enough support from the Katropa as Ryan Reyes finished with 19 points, and Don Trollano and Troy Rosario with 16 and 11, respectively.
Reyes at one point was a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point range. He finished by shooting 6-of-7.
Meralco paraded a new import in Jimmie Lee Taylor in lieu of the injured Gani Lawal. Taylor however, was outplayed by Jones and finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds in his first game on local soil.
Chris Newsome scored a career-high 32 points in a losing effort for the Bolts, who fell to a 3-4 record as they dropped their last two outings.
Meralco was within 86-80 when Jones suddenly hit his strides.
The Katropa import outscored the entire Meralco team in a telling 13-2 run before Troy Rosario converted a reverse undergoal stab to become the first TnT local to join the scoring fray outside of Jones that made it a 101-82 contest, the biggest lead of the game.
"We're just happy for the win," stressed Ravena as TnT won for the third straight game. (RG)
TNT Katropa (104) - Jones 49, Reyes 19, Trollano 16, Rosario 11, Pogoy 4, Heruela 3, Taha 2, Golla 0, D. Semerad 0, Casino 0, Magat 0.
Meralco (91) - Newsome 32, Taylor 13, Amer 9, Almazan 9, Jackson 7, Salva 6, Hodge 5, Canaleta 5, Espinas 3, Quinto 2, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0, De Ocampo 0, Jamito 0.
Quarterscores: 24-22; 52-49; 81-68; 104-91.