Texters overcome Batang Pier in emotional, physical face-off

Romeo struggled with a bad shooting most of the game but had his clutch shots in TNT KaTropa’s fourth-quarter rampage on the way to a 128-114 win over GlobalPort on opening night of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

The 5-foot-10 guard knocked in back-to-back long twinners to make it 115-100 before committing three successive turnovers prompting TNT coach Nash Racela to rest him in the last 2:53 of the game.

Romeo finished with 11 points in the game that lived up to expectation as an emotional match marred by numerous technical and flagrant infractions.

GlobalPort import Malcolm White incurred a flagrant foul right in the opening half and went out on fouls with 5:41 left to play and the Batang Pier trailing by 11 at 98-109.

Moala Tautuaa then took the showers ahead of the rest on a flagrant foul penalty 2 incurred for kicking TNT import Jeremy Tyler while the former was hanging in the rim following a two-handed slam.

Tyler and Joseph Gabayni also drew infractions of their own.

“It’s nice that the PBA is allowing some amount of physicality but I think there were some unnecessary actions in some possessions that the commissioner has to look at,” said TNT coach Nash Racela after the game.