Troy Rosario scored 10 of his 21 points in the opening period as TNT shot 66 percent from the floor to take a 19-point lead, that set the tone of the lopsided affair highlighted by the return of KaTropa import Joshua Smith.
Terrence Romeo had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and Jericho Cruz scored 13 points as the KaTropa joined the idle Rain or Shine Elasto Painters atop the leaderboard with a 5-1 record.
The victory came a day after the PBA Board of Governors agreed to send the core of the TNT squad to the Asian Games in Indonesia this August to combine with the Gilas Cadets squad.
“It’s nice that we’re able to continue our winning ways. But the tougher games are ahead of us,” said TNT coach Nash Racela. “It’s nice to get some wins in the first half of the eliminations, but I think it is the second half that is more important.”
Smith was hardly needed in his first game since replacing Jeremy Tyler during the All-Star break, posting 11 points and three rebounds in just 13 minutes.