TNT ties semis series after big Game 2 win over Ginebra

Paul Lintag on Oct 04, 2017 09:59 PM
TNT ties semis series after big Game 2 win over Ginebra
Whistled for four fouls in the first half, Rice was unleashed in the final 12 minutes, leading TNT's bounce back effort after absorbing a 27-point embarrassment in the series opener.

After being limited by foul trouble in the first half, Glen Rice Jr. balled out in the second, giving TNT the push it needed to level its 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals series against defending champion Ginebra.

Rice's fourth-quarter explosion allowed the KaTropa to score a vengeful 103-96 win in Game 2 Wednesday at the Batangas City Coliseum, tying the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.

Whistled for four fouls in the first half, Rice was unleashed in the final 12 minutes, leading TNT's bounce back effort after absorbing a 27-point embarrassment in the series opener.

With the KaTropa trying to hold off a Ginebra uprising, Rice Jr. fired 12 points in the final period, taking over from the locals who managed to hold the fort quite nicely while he was on the bench.

Rice Jr. finished with a team-high 21 points on just 10 attempts from the field, he also had three rebounds and four assists.

With Rice Jr. in foul trouble, Jayson Castro did most of the heavy lifting, dropping 20 points on top of 10 assists and four rebounds. Troy Rosario was also effective, contributing 16 points and eight boards.

After a flat Game 1 performance, TNT came out sharp in Game 2, taking a 31-14 lead after the opening quarter. However, the Gin Kings would settle down and cut the deficit to just two points at the break.

Justin Brownlee was the high man for Ginebra, going for 25 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio had 17.

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at the Big Dome.

 

The scores:

TNT 103 - Rice 21, Castro 20, Troy 16, Pogoy 14, Tautuaa 10, Williams 7, Semerad 5, Seigle 4, Chua 2, Reyes 2, Hernandez 1, Nuyles 1, Lingganay 0.

Ginebra 96 - Brownlee 25, Tenorio 17, Aguilar 14, Mercado 14, Slaughter 8, Thompson 8, Cruz 4, Devance 4, Caguioa 2, Mariano 0, Taha 0.

Quarters: 31-14, 49-47, 76-69, 103-96.

 

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