No. 1 TNT was in for an unpleasant surprise Sunday to start the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
The KaTropa were totally caught off guard by no. 8 Alaska and absorbed a pretty sound beating at the hands of the Aces.
After 48 uneventful minutes for TNT, they took a 36-point loss to Alaska to set up a one-game knockout for the PBA semifinals next week.
“They outhustled us, outrebounded us, outworked us. They were just more ready to play and ultimately when that happens, you're gonna be in trouble,” TNT active consultant Mark Dickel.
“It kinda felt like whatever could go wrong went wrong. And they [Alaska] really played hard and played better, so they deserved to win,” he added.
TNT entered the playoffs as the league’s no. 1 team with a near-perfect 10-1 record.
Sunday’s game against Alaska was only the team’s second this conference. The KaTropa’s other loss was a 26-point beating to Northport.
After that, TNT won eight straight games. Dickel is hoping they can have that kind of a bounce back effort as they face elimination.
“We're gonna work out how to do better the next game and come out and give a better effort,” he said.
“They really jumped out on us. We're gonna return the favor on Wednesday,” Dickel added.
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