By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE Rain or Shine Elasto Painters edged out the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in their battle of league-leading teams in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, winning, 98-94, in overtime.
Following back-to-back losses to start the season, veteran combo guard Jayson Castro took it upon himself to take the lead, resulting to TNT's two straight victories and a Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week to boot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
Nicknamed the "Blur", Castro averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals for the period of January 21-27 to lead the resurgent TNT to victories over sister team NLEX and four-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer.
COLUMBIAN Dyip hopes to extend its giant-killing ways in the PBA Philippine Cup as it takes on NLEX next on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although still winless in three outings, the Road Warriors are among the fancy bets in the season-opening conference following its off-season deal that netted them Mythical 2nd Team member John Paul Erram.
A splendid second-half surge propelled Columbian to a rousing 110-100 rout of erstwhile unbeaten NorthPort for its second win in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City last night.
Seven Columbian chargers scored in double-figures to lead a balanced Dyip attack.