Rosario, Seigle carry TNT past NLEX
Alder Almo (Philstar.com) - December 26, 2015 - 5:00am

MANILA, Philippines -- Rookie big man Troy Rosario came up huge while veteran Danny Seigle rediscovered his old form as they provided the 1-2 punch for the Talk n Text Tropang Texters to repulse the challenge of sister team NLEX Road Warriors in a close 90-88 win on Saturday to advance to the knockout stage of the 2015 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup Quarterfinals. 

Rosario finished with 20 points built on 9-of-16 shooting, including a booming triple that gave TNT a seven-point separation, 88-81, inside the final three minutes enough to withstand NLEX's final surge.  Seigle, on the other hand, cleaned up a Jayson Castro miss that made it 90-84 for the Tropang Texters. He wound up with a personal conference-best 17 points. 

The Road Warriors battled their way back and came within two, 90-88, on Sean Anthony's split at the line following uncharacteristic two free throw misses by Castro. 

In the next play, Castro, who was held down to only 10 by NLEX defense, muffed a three-pointer giving the Road Warriors a chance to either tie the game with a basket or win it by a three-pointer.  

But with 2.2 seconds left, the Anthony was forced to attempt an out-of-balanced shot with Asi Taulava well-covered by Rosario around the basket.  It hit the rim but missed the target that made the Tropang Texters heave a sigh of relief. 

Talk n Text will meet Rain or Shine on Monday with the winner advancing to the semifinals against the second seed and defending champion San Miguel Beermen. 

ASI TAULAVA DANNY SEIGLE JAYSON CASTRO NBSP PHILIPPINE CUP QUARTERFINALS ROAD WARRIORS SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN SEAN ANTHONY SMART BRO TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS TROPANG TEXTERS
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