PBA Semis: TNT is now just a win away from finals after dismantling Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Too early to tell but TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones is continuously proving why he deserves the Bobby Parks. Sr. Award. Jones had a monster game with 15 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 blocks in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup semis game 2 win vs. Ginebra on Sunday, July 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Best Import of the Conference? Terrence Jones
Best Import of the Conference? Terrence Jones had a PBA-rare triple-double: 15-19-10 and 4 in game 2 win against Ginebra | Photo Credit: pba.ph

It felt like TNT and Ginebra just had their first ever semis in history as they had quite a time in sizing up each other and it took them over 2 minutes before the first basket of game 2 was made.

Game 1 was very close to call but it favored Katropa convincingly. Coach Bong Ravena obviously didn’t want a close fight so his wards stepped on the gas pedal too early and launched a three-point shooting spree in the opener spearheaded by Roger Pogoy.

TNT’s good start had gone to waste as Ginebra resident import, Justin Brownlee got into scoring machine mode and was almost unstoppable.

Brownlee’s corner trey tied the game at 21 after the first 12 minutes of the game.

TNT Katropa’s 2nd best scorer, Roger Pogoy, became berserk at the threepoint territory. With more the 9 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Pogoy had already made 5 triples.

On the other hand, Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson traded baskets with Pogoy that made the ball game tight.

Ginebra just had a sloppy style of basketball in the latter phase of the second. Aside from this, Jayson Castro went hot as well from the rainbow country and gave TNT a comfortable 51-42 lead at the end of the half.

Woes started to pile up for Ginebra. Not only TNT gained momentum from the outside but its prolific import, Terrence Jones, had already gotten into triple double early in the 3rd period.

Could Justin Brownlee had ample support from his local teammates, Ginebra could go way ahead of TNT. Brownlee, already had 19 mid of the third and he lowered the lead to just 8.

Despite losing shooter Tony Semerad due to a shoulder injury he sustained in game 1, TNT still managed to obtain a double-digit, 68-55 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

It was a slow and low scoring ball game in the 4th quarter. Under 6 minutes, TNT had only scored 3 while BGSM had 4.

Looking at the scorers of Ginebra, Coach Tim Cone really missed Stanley Pringle’s contribution to the team. Katropa put a good defense on Pringle that resulted to just 2-point production with 44 minutes had gone by.

Justin Brownlee kept on pushing hard and added more number under his jersey but it’s too late as TNT’s advantage was mathematically impossible to be reached in the last few minutes of the ball game.

Katropa is now a win away to clinch the finals after beating crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra, 88-71.

TNT could finish off Ginebra on Wednesday, July 31 Game 3 of their best-of-five duel at the Mall of Asia Arena.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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