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Katropa falls to Jets in EASL opener
Katropa falls to Jets in EASL opener
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Katropa falls to Jets in EASL opener
by Kristan Carag12 October 2023
Photo from the East Asia Super League Facebook page

The 2023 East Asia Super League campaign of TNT Tropang Giga opened with a 93-75 loss at the hands of Japanese ball club Chiba Jets.

Imports Quincy Miller finished with 15 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 15 points as they paced the Katropa during the match on Wednesday, October 11, at the Funabishi Arena in Japan.

The defending PBA Governor's Cup champions put up a good fight in the first quarter and even had the lead, 22-21, at the end of the period.

However, a pair of charities by Ira Brown allowed the Jets to seize the lead, 45-43, in the second quarter.

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The Japanese never felt threatened after a three-point basket by DJ Stephens and free throws by Justyn Mutt widened the gap, 63-51.

Brown and Stephens both scored 19 points while Ren Kanechika added 18 points for the victory of the Jets.

The Tropang Giga has a chance to get back at the Jets when the two teams face-off once more on November 1 at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in the Philippines.

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