Ray Parks Jr. fired a career-high 40 points in his bubble debut as TNT seized the early lead in the PBA Philippine Cup with a 112-101 win over Terrafirma Tuesday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.
After being scratched in Sunday’s victory over the Alaska Aces due to a calf strain, Parks made up for lost time by making 13-of-18 shots while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out five assists in 38 minutes for the Tropang Giga.
It was the second straight game that TNT had a player with at least 40 points after RR Pogoy set a personal-best with 45 on 10 threes against Alaska.
Pogoy struggled this time with just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting, but Troy Rosario, Poy Erram and Jayson Castro were also key for TNT coach Bong Ravena and active consultant Mark Dickel.
Rosario had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Erram bounced back after his ejection last game to score 14 while Castro added 15 points, three rebounds and four assists.
“Kailangan talaga merong mag-fill ng contribution. Pag may mag-off yung isa, kailangan meron talaga yung mag-step habang yung games ay maaga pa,” said Ravena.
The Tropang Giga’s win comes three days before they take on the defending champion San Miguel Beermen in what is considered as one of the possible Finals previews.
Last season’s Rookie of the Year CJ Perez scored 30 points but Terrafirma trailed all game as TNT raced to a 17-5 start.
Roosevelt Adams, the top pick of the PBA Draft, struggled offensively with just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting despite grabbing 10 rebounds for the Dyip.
TNT 112 — Parks 40, Rosario 20, Castro 15, Erram 14, Pogoy 11, Reyes 4, De Leon 3, Enciso 3, Vosotros 2, Carey 0, Alejandro 0, Semerad 0.
TERRAFIRMA 101 — Perez 30, Khobuntin 16, Calvo 14, McCarthy 14, Ramos 9, Adams 7, Camson 5, Celda 3, Faundo 2, Gabayni 1, Cahilig 0, Tiongson 0, Balagaysay 0, Batiller 0.
Quarters: 27-19, 56-43, 90-75, 112-101.