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Beermen rally to stun KaTropa, seize pivotal 3-2 lead

The Beermen stand on the verge of winning the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: One more to go

San Miguel Beer is pretty much inevitable, right? After Game 5, the Beermen are all of a sudden on the brink of yet another PBA title and they now lead the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT, 3-2. TNT will now need some Tony Stark level of switcheroo to pull this one off or the Beermen will continue to pad their lead against all PBA teams with an incredible 27 championships. But before that, one last By the Numbers look for San Miguel’s amazing Game 5 win.   19 Total points for San Miguel import Chris McCullough in that incredible fourth-quarter run. C-Mac outscored TNT by himself in the last 12 minutes, 19-14, as he willed the Beermen to victory in the final quarter. His basket over the defense of Terrence Jones late finally pushed San Miguel ahead, 95-94, which would later turn into a 99-94 win.   16 Largest lead of the night for the KaTropa. After scoring the first five points in the fourth quarter, TNT was up by 16, 85-69. It went downhill after that. Chris McCullough scored 19 points and the Beermen went on a 30-9 run to end the game for the win.   96 Combined minutes for imports Terrence Jones and Chris McCullough. The two imports did not rest in the pivotal Game 5 for TNT and San Miguel respectively however, the younger McCullough got the upper hand late as he just had the extra bounce in his step during crunch time. They both scored 35 points each in Game 5.   22 Total points for Terrence Romeo. Bro fired 15 points in the opening period as he kept San Miguel within striking distance of TNT. If the Beermen are to win this championship, Romeo is a darkhorse candidate for Finals MVP, he’s been that impactful off the bench for San Miguel Beer.   14 Total three-pointers for TNT. Despite the monumental collapse, the KaTropa were still on target from deep, connecting 14 treys on 34 percent shooting.  Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy had four triples each while Terrence Jones was good for another three. TNT is still playing well in these Finals, they just have to finish. Game 6 is Friday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

KaTropa know full well they can t keep coming from behind in PBA Finals

TNT ran out of gas at the end of Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Commissioners' Cup Finals, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. Battling back from being down by as much as 15 in the third quarter, the KaTropa could only come as close as two points for the remainder of the game. And in the end, they only saw San Miguel Beer knot up the best-of-seven championship series at 2-2. Of course, TNT could do nothing but lament the fact that it was at the wrong end of another killer run. "Start ng fourth quarter, ang laki na naman ng hinabol namin. For us to win, dapat 'di kami naghahabol," Jayson Castro told reporters post-game. In Game 4, the KaTropa actually had a one-point lead at halftime before the Beermen used a 12-0 run to mount the lead they would never relinquish. In Game 2, also a loss, the KaTropa also had to chase down a 14-point deficit after two quarters. And even in their Game 1 win, the KaTropa fell behind, 35-19, following the opening salvo. That could not keep happening if the flagship team of the MVP group is to win its first championship since 2015. "I feel like we're putting ourselves in a hole then climbing out of it, win or lose. We have to focus on starting the way we finish," Terrence Jones said. He then continued, "I think we're finishing games with desperation on defense and aggressiveness and everybody's trying to win. If we start games how we played in the second half, I think we'll be good." TNT would hope for just that when they re-engage with San Miguel in the pivotal Game 5, Wednesday still at the same venue. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PBA Finals: Second quarter meltdown buries SMB, 1-2, in Finals series

San Miguel Beer for the first time in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series took control of the game early. The Beermen even held a 17-point lead to start the second quarter. Then everything went south from there. SMB squandered a big lead and allowed TNT KaTropa to mount a pivotal counterattack to turn the tables around as they hand the Beermen a 105-115 beating in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday at the Big Dome. The KaTropa took a 2-1 series lead. The Beermen actually shot better from the field with a 38-of-81 clip compared to TNT’s 35-of-82 but the KaTropa made an amazing 24-0 run in the second quarter that shifted the momentum on their side and SMB had no answer.    “Well ah, if we look at the stats makikita n’yo almost even. Still mataas pa rin kami sa shooting percentage but napabayaan namin ang lead namin nu’ng first quarter,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “Although, first time namin na nagkaroon ng good start I think lumamang kami ng 16 (sic) but in the second quarter we allowed them to play their game.” The Beermen built their biggest lead, 36-19, off a Terrence Romeo triple to open the second period only to see TNT ignite a blitz. Terrence Jones sparked the KaTropa’s run with a lay-up. The TNT import scored 11 more points in the run capped by a trey that gave KaTropa a 43-36 advantage with just 4:29 left before the half. TNT entered halftime with a 55-50 lead.   “Nagkaroon kami ng kaunting scramble sa offense and defense,” said Austria. The mentor also felt that his wards veered away from their game plan.   “We’re trying to get the ball to June Mar (Fajardo) but something happened kumbaga the players ay talagang may iniisip din na magpapanalo sa team but hindi nangyari yun,” he said. “We’re not able to get some good breaks and a little bit panic siguro noong nakahabol sila,” Austria added. “In the second half they were able to control the game.” TNT also shot better from the outside with 15 triples compared to SMB’s eight. Jones hit 5-of-9 from the outside, Roger Pogoy also had 5-of-9 while Don Trollano nailed three, causing a SMB a big headache that Austria hope they could address in Game 4. “We were able to recover in the third quarter but they were really focused and hungrier. Then some of our shots hindi pumasok eh especially coming from those players na gumawa before,” said Austria. “Makikita naman natin eh. Eight out of 26 three points against (15) of 38. I think that’s one thing na kailangang ma-solve ulit namin.” Game 4 is on Sunday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

PBA Finals: Can San Miguel Beer finish off TNT in Game 6?

With Wednesday’s Game 5 win, San Miguel Beer was the first team to get back-to-back victories in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Now looking for a trifecta, the Beermen are out to finish off top-ranked TNT KaTropa. The series between the league’s two flagship teams move on to a Game 6 with San Miguel holding a crucial 3-2 lead. If the Beermen complete the job, it will be the team’s 27th overall title and another shot at a Grand Slam is very much in play. However, TNT is a tough out and the KaTropa should be raring to force a deciding Game 7. TNT is yet to lose three straight games all season and they don’t really plan to do that now especially with a championship hanging in the balance. Game 6 will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Frida live from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PBA Finals: Beermen close in on title after Game 5 win

San Miguel Beer is closing in on another title. The Beermen erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a big 99-94 Game 5 win over TNT in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday at the Big Dome. Chris McCullough made things happen in the fourth as his tough lay-up over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen up, 95-94. San Miguel then got a couple of stops and handled business from the line to take a 3-2 series lead. The Beermen can win the title with Game 6 Friday also at the Big Dome. TNT’s momentum in the third carried over into the early parts of the fourth as the KaTropa established a 16-point lead after a booming RR Pogoy triple, 85-69. But then McCullough went to work, outscoring TNT by himself and San Miguel is now on top in this series for the first time. C-Mac poured 19 of his total of 35 points in the final 12 minutes. For good measure, McCullough also had 22 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Terrence Romeo was the top local for San Miguel, finishing with 22 points. TR scored 15 in the opening half to keep the Beermen in the game. For TNT, Terrence Jones scored 35 points to go along with 17 rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Castro added 18 but unfortunately, the pair combined for just six points in the fourth.   The Scores: San Miguel 99 - McCullough 35, Romeo 22, Fajardo 16, Pessumal 9, Ross 7, Cabagnot 4, Standhardinger 4, Santos 2. TNT 94 - Jones 35, Castro 18, Rosario 16, Pogoy 12, Trollano 7, D. Semerad 6, Taha 0, Reyes 0, Heruela 0, Magat 0. Quarters: 22-28, 45-49, 69-80, 99-94.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: McCullough on title: “We’re gonna win this s***”

Chris McCullough willled San Miguel Beer to victory in Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. McCullough outscored TNT KaTropa by himself in the final 12 minutes, 19-14, and San Miguel Beer completed a comeback from 16 points down to take a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title. The man was simply on a mission and he wants this title bad. “We’re going to win this s***,” McCullough said repeatedly after they pulled through in Game 5. The young San Miguel import finished the win with 35 points and 22 rebounds. His clutch basket inside the last 30 seconds over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen ahead, 95-94. “I don’t remember it to be honest,” McCullough said of his go-ahead layup. “But coach drew a play and I got a bucket. You do those things in practice and we got the win,” he added. One win away from the title, McCullough is determined to win it all Friday in Game 6. “We'll come ready to play and mentally locked in to get this win, and not let it go to Game 7,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA: Terrence Jones pinpoints defense as main issue in TNT collapse

Talk N' Text was essentially 12 minutes away from holding a 3-2 lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.  The KaTropa had a commanding 16-point advantage in the opening moments of fourth quarter and appeared primed to regain the advantage in the conference-ending series.  Instead, Talk N' Text saw that advantage disappear, allowing the San Miguel Beermen to steal Game 5, 99-94, and move one win away from yet another championship.  In the final stretch of the game, with the Beermen breathing down their necks, the KaTropa had a number of chances to create a bit of separation but just couldn't convert on their chances.  What's more is that they could not stop the SMB onslaught on the defensive end, which was the main concern for KaTropa import Terrence Jones.  "We just didn’t get stops when we needed to," Jones said following the loss. "We needed two more stops and we didn’t, so that’s what happens. We lost." Jones, the newly-crowned Best Import of the conference, was his usual dominant self, putting up 35 points, pulling down 17 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.  In crunch time however, Jones was unable to finish on a couple of chances that could have swung the game in their favor.  "It was a well-fought game. They made their runs and we made ours, we just got to try to make sure we take care of business next game," he added.  When the question of fatigue was brought up, Jones maintained that it was simply all about getting the necessary stops to close out the game.  "I’m not a person that makes excuses, so, it just comes down to stops to win the game, and they scored and we didn’t." "We just didn’t score, man. I mean, I got to where I wanted to, where I’ve been shooting my lay-ups from, on the left side, most of the series, it just didn’t go in, and we didn’t get stops. Winning championships is about defense. We had the lead, and we gave it up by not getting stops. I think that’s what it boils down to, and we got to make sure we take care of that in the entire fourth quarter so it doesn’t come down to that," he continued. In the final period, Jones was held to just three points, and while he did credit the Beermen for their defense, it was the KaTropa's defense, or lack thereof, during the closing sequences that Jones feels needs to be addressed.  "Mainly, importantly to me is our defense. We were up with a double-digit lead in the fourth and gave that away, which even caused us to be in that situation, which is more of the bigger standpoint to me, and hopefully we can take care of that." Now down in a 3-2 hole, the KaTropa are in do-or-die mode from here on out, and the former Houston Rocket made it clear that he wasn't ready to go down.  "Exactly like you said, either win or be done, and I’m not ready to be done. I hope my teammates aren’t ready to be done, and we come in and we play with that attitude," Game 6 will be on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: Pivotal Game 5 up next for TNT-SMB series

TNT and San Miguel Beer have fought to a 2-2 stalement in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. As such, Game 5 will be pivotal for the two flagship teams as their titanic showdown for the title nears its conclusion. The top-ranked KaTropa are yet to trail in this series and they would like to keep it that way. TNT has proven to always be a step ahead in these Finals and after two days to contemplate on a Game 4 loss, the KaTropa are certainly in position for a comeback. However, the Beermen have established a dynasty by winning almost all of the late-series games and a crucial Game 5 seems perfect time for San Miguel to show its superior championship composure. If San Miguel is to make a move and truly turn this series around, the time is now. Game 5 will tip off 7:00 p.m. Wednesday live from the Big Dome with the winner one step closer to the championship.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PBA Finals: TNT goes for commanding 3-1 lead

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is about to get more interesting. Game 4 tips off Sunday with top-ranked TNT looking to push the Beermen on the brink. The KaTropa erased an early 17-point deficit in Game 3 to score a crucial 115-105 victory. Now, TNT goes for a commanding 3-1 series lead to close in on its first title in four years. Of course, the Beermen have other things in mind and San Miguel looks to answer and reduce these Finals into a best-of-3. Tip off for Game 4 will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Making it rain

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is heating up. Game 3 didn’t go into double overtime but there were still a ton of things that happened between TNT and San Miguel. Before Game 4, we’ll break some of them down here in By the Numbers.   24 Straight points for TNT in the second quarter. The KaTropa were down by 17 early but then responded with a 24-0 run that completely turned the tide. TNT used that run to power a strong Game 3 win for a 2-1 series lead. TNT’s 24-0 run is the longest in PBA Finals history in 28 years or since Ginebra’s 31-0 run over Shell in Game 5 of the 1991 First Conference Finals.   45 Total free throw attempts for TNT in Game 3, most in the PBA Finals since San Miguel shot 46 in Game 4 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska aka the game that started the Beeracle run. The KaTropa connected on 30 free throws and the Beermen were called for 30 fouls. Terrence Jones shot the bulk of them, going 14/23 from the line SMB shot 21/28 from the line after 26 TNT fouls.   5 Total players from both teams that had five fouls each. Terrence Jones, Brian Heruela, Don Trollano, Chris McCullough, and Terrence Romeo were all in deep foul trouble, part of the reason wh Game 3 took so long because of all the fouls. June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had four fouls each and in the case of Troy, he already had three in the opening period.   10 Total three-pointers for Terrence Jones and RR Pogoy. After combining for just one triple in Game 2, Jones and Pogoy shot 5/9 each from deep to power TNT’s assault from rainbow country. The KaTropa connected on 15 triples in Game 3. San Miguel was down to eight triples after 18 in Game 2.   18 Total points for Don Trollano, a career-high. Trollano’s production has been incredible in these Finals, making sure that the TNT starters always put up double figures each game. Game 3 was Trollano’s best perfomance scoring 18, eight in the fourth quarter. Game 4 is Sunday still at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones’ 37 leads TNT in Game 3 win

Advantage in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals goes back to TNT. The KaTropa bucked a slow start before pounding on San Miguel Beer, scoring a 115-105 Game 3 win Friday at the Big Dome. By completing the 27-point turnaround, TNT regained series lead in the best-of-7 showdown, 2-1. TNT was down by as many as 17 points but a sizzling 24-0 run in the second quarter allowed the top-ranked KaTropa to take over. Led by Terrence Jones, TNT led by as many as 15 before cruising for the win. After getting ejected in Game 2, Jones bounced back big in Game 3, leading TNT with 37 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, and five blocks. RR Pogoy also had a better effort Friday, firing 29 points in the win. Don Trollano was crucial for the KaTropa as well, finishing with 18 points. San Miguel got 27 poits each from June Mar Fajardo and Chris McCullough but the Beermen just couldn’t pull away after that hot start. Game 4 is set for Sunda back at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones keeps mouth shut on Game 3 issues: “I’m not giving credit to any dirty player”

Things are for sure getting interesting between TNT import Terrence Jones and the San Miguel Beermen. In Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the Beermen once again tried to get under the skin of Jones. It looked like it worked early as Jones actually gave Chris Ross a headbutt, earning him a flagrant foul penalty 1. However, Jones got the last laugh as he ame back from a mandatory rest period and led TNT’s comeback from 17 points down. With 37 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, and five blocks, Jones’ powered the KaTropa’s 115-105 win for a 2-1 series lead. Jones has no more words for the opposition’s antics. “I don’t know man. I don’t really got too much to say about it. I’m just here trying to win,” Jones said. “I love this game of basketball, I’m not giving any credit to any dirty player. I want to continue talking about basketball,” he added. While Jones have no mor things to say, Chris Ross had some choice words for his import rival. For the headbutt he got, Ross said that Jones is a “baby” mentally. [Related: PBA Finals: Ross goes off on Jones: “Mentally, he’s a baby”] Again, Jones refused to comment and instead gave credit to his own teammates who helped him won Game 3 of the Finals. “I think Troy had a great game, I think Roger had a great game, I think Don played an excellent game today. And Jayson of course,” Jones said. “I wanna continue talking about basketball and give credit to my teammates on what we’re doing to fight through and continue trying to get wins,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

San Miguel, TNT break 1-1 tie in PBA Finals

SAN MIGUEL Beer hopes to capitalize on its escape act the last time and gain 2-1 lead over TNT KaTropa in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen are expected to enter the 7 p.m. game with momentum on their hands after avoiding a 0-2 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

PBA Finals: TNT goes for commanding 2-0 lead against SMB

TNT has maintained its high level of play all the way to the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The top-ranked KaTropa were masterful in a Game 1 win Sunday, taking an early lead in the best-of-7 series against San Miguel. Led by import Terrence Jones, TNT wasted little time imposing its will on the Beermen, rolling to a 13-point win in the series opener. Wednesday back at the Big Dome, the KaTropa go for a commanding 2-0 lead as they look to continue their mid-season tear. Meanwhile, the Beermen should be better in Game 2. Two full days of rest benefits San Miguel in terms of recovery and actually putting up decent schemes to counter TNT’s weapons. Tip off for Game 2 will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday live from the Araneta Coliseum.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: Who can stop Terrence Jones?

Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals went the way of TNT. It wasn’t even close. The top-ranked KaTropa demolished San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome, taking an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown. As per customary in the PBA Finals, By the Numbers is back. Let’s break this one down.   7 Total number of triples connected by TNT in the opening quarter of these Finals. The KaTropa hot right from the start, using a barrage from rainbow country to create early separation from the Beermen. TNT ended up with 13 triples in Game 1, definitely slowing down after a hot first quarter. But the work was doen and the KaTropa have a 1-0 lead for it.   16 Total points for Terrence Jones in the first quarter. The leading Best Import candidate wasted little time announcing his presence in these Finals, dominating in the first 12 minutes to help TNT score a Game 1 knockout. Jones finished with 41 points in the win on top of 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.   4 At least four individual defenders from the Beermen took on Jones one-on-one in an effort to slow the TNT import down. San Miguel started with Christian Standhardinger on Jones, then Arwind Santos took on the assignment. The first quarter wasn’t even done when Kelly Nabong tried to give it a go before Chris Ross took it upon himself to guard Jones. Safe to say, at least for Game 1, San Miguel defenders got waxed by Jones in a sensational performance. How can the Beermen adjust for Game 2? That we’ll find out.   20 Total unanswered points for TNT in the first to second quarters of Game 1 that completely turned the tide in their favor. Down 17-19, the KaTropa unloaded 18 straight points to end the opening period to take a 35-19 lead. They then scored the first basket of the second quarter to complete their run and they never looked back, cruising for a 13-point victory.   9 Total turnovers for San Miguel import Chris McCullough. The Beermen had a lot of problems in Game 1, including lack of local support aside from June Mar Fajardo. But if San Miguel will be forced to rely on McCullough, who is still scoring almost at will in these playoffs, the least that could happen if for him to limit his turnovers and not disrupt his own team’s momentum. The Beermen had 18 turnovers in Game 1, half from their import. Game 2 is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones says TNT was “locked in” during masterful Game 1 win

In Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Terrence Jones made sure to stamp his class all over the competition. In the series opener against San Miguel, Jones went off for 41 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks, leading the top-ranked KaTropa to a convincing win and an early lead in the title race. Jones scored 16 in the opening period alone, sparking a 20-0 run that bridged into the second period that turned the game in favor of TNT for good. “Everybody was locked in, and we knew how important Game 1 was, and we just you know, are consistently saying, 'Take it one game at a time.' We're focused on each quarter, and just trying to win the quarter,” Jones said. “I think you know, us breaking it down like that, and trying to just win the game within the game makes it a lot easier for us,” he added. It was a rousing Game 1 victory for the KaTropa, stopping the Beermen playoff juggernaut in the process. TNT locked up most of San Miguel’s shooters as the Beermen got pretty much no significant contributions from Terrence Romeo, Chris Ross, Arwind Santos, and Alex Cabagnot. That was the plan according to Jones. “I think we came in with a great game plan to try to you know, defensively not let any of their shooters get any open opportunities, and our guys stayed home,” Jones said. “And I think that that helped us out, getting defensive stops. I just wanted to be a big help, defensively, for my guys when guys like Chris or any of their guards penetrated, I just wanted to be there to help, and make things difficult. I think that helped us get deflections and get steals, which led to us getting easier buckets in transitions and finding guys,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones dominates as KaTropa crush SMB in Game 1

Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals goes to TNT. The top-ranked KaTropa wasted little time in making their presence felt Sunday, dominating the Beermen for a 109-96 win at the Big Dome. Down 17-19, Terrence Jones scored on a vicious slam dunk that ignited a huge 18-0 run for the KaTropa. TNT would never look back after that and would roll to a convincing win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Jones, the leading contender for the Best Import award, scored 16 in the first quarter on his way to a total of 41 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks. Jayson Castro, the leading contender for the Best Player of the Conference award, was the top local for TNT with 20 points. San Miguel got 33 points from Chris McCullough and another 23 from June Mar Fajardo but after falling behind in the opening period, the Beermen never truly got close to make the KaTropa nervous. Game 2 is set for Wednesday also at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

PBA Finals: Jones says TNT was “locked in” during masterful Game 1 win

In Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Terrence Jones made sure to stamp his class all over the competition. In the series opener against San Miguel, Jones went off for 41 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks, leading the top-ranked KaTropa to a convincing win and an early lead in the title race. Jones scored 16 in the opening period alone, sparking a 20-0 run that bridged into the second period that turned the game in favor of TNT for good. “Everybody was locked in, and we knew how important Game 1 was, and we just you know, are consistently saying, 'Take it one game at a time.' We're focused on each quarter, and just trying to win the quarter,” Jones said. “I think you know, us breaking it down like that, and trying to just win the game within the game makes it a lot easier for us,” he added. It was a rousing Game 1 victory for the KaTropa, stopping the Beermen playoff juggernaut in the process. TNT locked up most of San Miguel’s shooters as the Beermen got pretty much no significant contributions from Terrence Romeo, Chris Ross, Arwind Santos, and Alex Cabagnot. That was the plan according to Jones. “I think we came in with a great game plan to try to you know, defensively not let any of their shooters get any open opportunities, and our guys stayed home,” Jones said. “And I think that that helped us out, getting defensive stops. I just wanted to be a big help, defensively, for my guys when guys like Chris or any of their guards penetrated, I just wanted to be there to help, and make things difficult. I think that helped us get deflections and get steals, which led to us getting easier buckets in transitions and finding guys,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

PBA Finals: No expectations for TNT says Castro even after Game 1 win

TNT is off to a rousing start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against San Miguel Beer following a dominant Game 1 win Sunday. However, the KaTropa were also up 1-0 on the Beermen two years ago in the same Finals and they ended up losing the title in six games. This early lead means nothing for TNT. “Syempre every series naman iba-iba. So tinitignan namin as one game at a time,” guard Jayson Castro said. “Ayaw namin na parang mag-expect kaagad,” he added. As the series moves on, Castro says it’s crucial for TNT to maintain its composure against the Beermen. The KaTropa connected on a huge run in the early goings of Game 1 and never let go but they know that San Miguel is certainly for than capable of turning things around pretty quickly. For TNT to win this title, the team will have to check the Beermen everytime they try to make a run of their own. “During that time parang na-control namin yung game and di kami na-rattle. Unlike before, pag humahabol na sila, nara-rattle kami. Isa lang nire-remind ko sa mga teammate ko, yung composure namin against San Miguel dapat nandoon talaga,” Castro said. “Anytime kaya mag-explode nung team na yun eh. Buti na lang, na-keep namin composure namin and na-protect namin lead namin at na-execute namin mga plays namin,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

PBA Finals: Ross feels Jones’ elbow hit was intentional

For the most part, Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals went about pretty normal. The intensity was fit for a Finals game and nothing really escalated too much except for the second-half incident involving Terrence Jones and Chris Ross. Jones was called for an offensive foul after landing an elbow to Ross’ face. Then Terrence stepped on Ross’ ankle and didn’t let go for a couple of seconds. “I felt like he purposely went after my nose. I know you’ve seen Mo Tautuaa wears a mask now, the same thing happened to him. He’s done it to multiple people where he is literally going for people’s noses. I’m not the first one, Mo has a mask for it, he broke his nose, I’m not sure if he had surgery. That’s what he does,” Ross said, referring to an earlier game this conference when Jones also landed an elbow to Northport’s Mo Tautuaa. “Then he stepped on my leg. They said it was an accident but when it’s an accident… if I step on your toe right, you’re going to go right off, right? His legs stood there. Those certain things aren’t basketball plays. If we’re going to play basketball, we’ll play basketball. If you want to play dirty, we’ll play dirty too. We’ll take note of that going to Game 2,” Ross added. While that incident certainly elevated the intensity of Game 1, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback on the part of the Beermen. Jones dominated for TNT and the KaTropa took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7. For Game 2 and onwards, there’s some minor things the Beermen need to tweak says Ross. “Jones, he’s a good player. We just got to find a way to do all the small things. We can’t give up offensive rebounds, we can’t give up second chance points, we can’t turn over the ball and have them shoot open layups and open threes. That’s where the game killed us, that’s where the game got out of hand,” Ross said. “Turning the ball over against this team and having them have two-on-ones and three-on-ones and getting offensive rebounds and uncontested layups, that’s what we got to fix. I told the team that. We got to do the little things right if we want to win this series,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019