Semerad catches fire as TNT takes commanding 2-0 lead against Ginebra

Paul Lintag on Jun 13, 2017 09:29 PM
Semerad catches fire as TNT takes 2-0 lead against Ginebra
With Joshua Smith having a rather pedestrian game compared to his last two outings, it was Semerad that came through in the clutch for TNT, firing four straight triples in the final 5:21 of the fourth quarter to turn a 93-96 deficit into a 105-103 lead with 53 seconds to go.

After pounding Ginebra on the interior to take Game 1, TNT went outside to bury the Gin Kings in Game 2.

The KaTropa found an unlikely hero in Anthony Semerad to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 Commissioner's Cup semifinal series against the top-seeded Gin Kings, scoring a gutsy 107-103 victory Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

With Joshua Smith having a rather pedestrian game compared to his last two outings, it was Semerad that came through in the clutch for TNT, firing four straight triples in the final 5:21 of the fourth quarter to turn a 93-96 deficit into a 105-103 lead with 53 seconds to go.

Smith did finish things off for the KaTropa, scoring on a putback inside in the last 8.1 seconds to seal the final tally and a 2-0 lead for TNT.

"Tony made big shots today. Those are the things that would really help us in these playoffs. Teams would really focus on Joshua defensively that why I said after the first game that the locals should contribute," head coach Nash Racela said.

The locals did contribute for TNT  as eight players scored at least eight points behind Smith's team-high of 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Semerad and RR Pogoy finished with 14 points apiece while Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams were good for 12 points each.

Controlling almost the entire game, Ginebra once again failed to execute in the clutch as the team lost back-to-back games for the first time this conference and for the first time with import Justin Brownlee.

Up 103-102 with 1:12 to go after LA Tenorio's go-ahead triple, the Gin Kings would miss their last three shots.

Brownlee and Tenorio led the Ginebra offense with 22 points each in a losing effort. Game 3 is on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

The scores:

TNT 107 - Smith 16, Semerad 14, Pogoy 14, Castro 12, Williams 12, Garcia 8, Rosales 8, De Ocampo 7, Reyes 6, Rosario 6, Tautuaa 4, Carey 0.

GINEBRA 103 - Brownlee 22, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 17, Devance 14, Thompson 13, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Mariano 2, Ferrer 2, Marcelo 2, Helterbrand 0, Cruz 0.

Quarterscores: 22-26, 56-59, 84-85, 107-103.

 

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