TNT KaTropa and Northport are both keen to grab a share of the lead with Blackwater when they face their respective foes today in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

The KaTropa shoot for a third consecutive win in their 7 p.m. game against crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel after the 4:30 p.m. Batang Pier vs Magnolia opening game.

TNT and the Batang Pier are presently sharing the second to the third places with identical 4-1 win-loss record. The Elite (5-1) is leading solo.

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PBA20190612 - TNT, Northport eye share of lead
Import Terrence Jones of TNT attempts to score against Chris Ross of San Miguel Beer as San Miguel Beer’s Marcio Lassiter looks on during a Season 44 PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

Terrence Jones finished with 30 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and five blocks as the KaTropa subdued Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, 110-97, on Saturday.

“We have to stick to the plan, same preparation, and we’re always emphasizing to make it our culture to play good defense every game. So there’s a lot of things to improve and we are not yet consistent that’s why we really need to study Ginebra’s game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena.

Last year’s Best Import Justin Brownlee and Ginebra are coming off an 81-104 loss to Rain or Shine on Friday.

“We just have to keep it tight with their import Brownlee because he can really score and of course they are coming from a tough loss last game. We know they will bounce back and play stronger than their previous games,” added Ravena.

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Meanwhile, the Batang Pier headed by Sean Anthony and Mo Tautuaa are hoping to sustain their back-to-back victories against the Hotshots.

“We have to keep the intensity, energy and aggressiveness. We have to be cautious against Magnolia, as they are coming from a loss,” said Northport coach Pido Jarencio.

The Hotshots (0-1) are hoping to bounce back from an 80-103 opening game loss to Alaska on Wednesday.

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