Glen Rice Jr. in early foul trouble was bad news for Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Oct 05, 2017 03:37 PM
With ample to time to rest, Glen Rice Jr. was unleashed in the fourth quarter of Game 2, allowing TNT to tie its semifinal series against Ginebra at one game apeice.
Normally, if your high-scoring import goes down with foul trouble in the first half, your team is doomed.
However, TNT is not a normal team.
With Glen Rice Jr. whistled for four fouls in the first half of Game 2 against defending champion Ginebra, the KaTropa managed to hold the fort with their locals.
And then, the team unleashed Rice Jr. in the fourth quarter and TNT tied the best-of-5 Governors' Cup semifinal series at one game each.
"I think it backfired, putting Glen in foul trouble early, because the locals played well together in the third which gava Rice the whole [period] to rest. He came out fresh in the fourth," head coach Nash Racela said.
Behind Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, TNT restored order in the third after the Gin Kings grabbed momentum in the secnd quarter with Rice out.
"I wasn't really worried because I believe in the guys and I know they could take it from there," Rice said.
"Of course you don't wanna be on the bench but I wasn't nervous at all," he added.
With ample to time to rest and watch the game from the sidelines, Rice was let loose in the final period and the second-generation shooter responded in kind, giving TNT the push it needed to level the series.
Rice Jr. fired 12 points in the final 12 minutes for the win.
"I didn't play in the third so I had the opportunity to come out there a little fresher," he said.
"My teammates did a great job of lifting us up. And when I came in the fourth, we were already winning, so it made our job a lot easier," Rice added.
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