Parks has career-high 40 as TNT rolls to second win

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Ray Parks turned in the second 40-point game of the PBA bubble by shining in a career night for TNT, which cruised past Terrafima, 112-101, in the 2020 Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.

After missing the Tropang Giga’s opening night due to a calf strain, Parks looked refreshed and scored on an array of layups, jumpers and threes to wind up with a personal-best 40 points on 13-for-18 shooting from the field. He also hit 7-of-9 triples and added 10 rebounds, five dimes, a steal and a block in his finest game in TNT uniform so far.

“I just want to show the hard work that I put in and the team has put in. To be honest, I’m tired of being forgotten. I feel like I’ve been slept on,” Parks said during the walk-off interview. “So I just wanted to use this time to really just showcase my game and all the hard work I’ve been putting in and I’m just glad my teammates trust me enough to put the ball in my hands and just lead.”

Parks’ explosion was a welcome sight for TNT — now up 2-0 in the standings — after Roger Pogoy, who fired 45 huge points in the team’s season-opening win, cooled down and finished with just 11 on 4-for-15 shots. Behind the 27-year-old sophomore, TNT stayed in control all game and never trailed.

The Tropang Giga pulled away in the second quarter, when it used an 11-0


Pogoy’s career-high 45 leads TNT past Alaska

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Talk about starting the PBA bubble off with a bang.

Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro turned in big-time performances for an undermanned TNT side that escaped Alaska 100-95 for the first win of the 2020 Philippine Cup restart Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.

Pogoy wasted no time putting on a show by firing a career-high 45 points built around 10 triples before ceding the spotlight in the final minutes to Jayson Castro (28 points), whose heroics late in the game helped the Tropang Giga complete a comeback from 17 down against the Aces.

The duo were the only players to score in double figures for TNT, which dealt with the exit of the debuting Poy Erram, who was ejected late in the third quarter, and Troy Rosario, who fouled out after just 23 minutes. Ray Parks also missed the season opener with a calf strain.

“We’re lucky we won this game. We barely survived this game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena after the game.

TNT’s offense fired blanks in the first quarter and made only five of 20 shots before letting Alaska take a 32-15 lead early in the second frame.

In search of answers, the Tropang Giga found one in the form of a red-hot Pogoy.

After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes, Pogoy exploded for 21 points on 5-for-9 threes in the following period. That included eight straight to give TNT