PBA Finals: TNT bounces back vs SMB, retakes series lead 2-1

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Jones slowed down in the first half due to a flagrant foul 1 and foul trouble but still wrapped up Game 3 with a game-high 37 points and above all a 115-105 TNT win versus San Miguel in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday, August 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

PBA Finals: TNT bounces back vs SMB, retakes series lead 2-1
Terrence Jones started slow in game 3 but finished it off strong and flirted with a triple-double 37-18-9. TNT also overtakes SMB in series, 2-1 | Photo Credit: pba.ph

As early as the opening tipoff, both squads showed the fans a glimpse of another high scoring ballgame as SMB and TNT promptly traded big baskets courtesy of Beerman Chris Mccoullough and Katropa Roger Pogoy.

Despite the good scoring percentage, TNT’s Troy Rosario picked up 2 quick personal fouls followed by a technical foul warning and a handful of turnovers from his teammates.

The game was to intense where a flagrant foul 1 was called on Terrence Jones for headbutting Chris Ross and the latter was also slapped with a technical for second motion midway of the opener.

San Miguel capitalized on Jones’ absence where he had to sit out for 3 minutes after being whistled for an FF1. Chris Mccoullough dropped 11 in the 1st quarter to post a 33-18 lead.

The Beermen slowed down in scoring as they entered the 2nd period. TNT on the other hand, started catching up and slashed the lead to half.

In contrast to their 1st quarter performance, the Beermen had hard time scoring in the second and let Katropa overtook them with an 24-0 blitz.

SMB made a few shots before the half ended but TNT’s scoring run was too much for them to bear. Terrence Jones had 22 after the 2nd quarter and closed it 55-50.

Troy Rosario didn’t make any point in the 1st half but he came back in the third and led his team in boards and markers.

Rosario wasn’t a lone offensive standout in the penultimate period, he was joined by Jones and Trollano who were both fantastic from the three point area.

Aside from his team’s shooting woes, Coach Leo Austria had another problem as his import obtained his 5th personal foul with 4 more minutes left in 3rd period.

A brawl almost erupted in the last seconds of the 3rd quarter where Christian Standhardinger advertently elbowed Terrence Jones in the ribs. Flagrant foul 1 was imposed on Standhardinger and Jones seals the period with an 86-78 lead from the foul line.

It’s been the barometer of this series that the team who shoots more triples is guaranteed to win the game. TNT, at the start of the final chapter, connected a bunch of treys to add more digits to their lead.

Mccullough’s 5 fouls really hampered him in unleashing his true potential on the floor. Meanwhile, Jones had a terrific night and posted 30+ points already with over 4 minutes left on the game clock.

TNT had a dozen point of lead at the 2-minute warning but Roger Pogoy wasn’t done just yet. He continued to pour it down from the outside to get an assurance of 2-1 series lead.

115-105 is the final score as TNT retakes series lead, 2-1.

Game 4 will be on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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