PBA: Jones delivers finest defensive performance so far vs. SMB twin towers

Paul Lintag on Jun 08, 2019 09:49 PM
PBA: Jones delivers finest defensive performance so far
Jones still got buckets, scoring 30 points, but he also had 18 rebounds and had five blocks.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — In five PBA games, Terrence Jones has hit 30 points four times and broke the 40-point barrier thrice.

But Saturday at the Ynares Center here, Jones delivered his finest defensive performance so far in leading TNT to a huge win over San Miguel Beer.

Jones still got buckets, scoring 30 points, but he also had 18 rebounds and had five blocks.

Late in the fourth as the Beermen tried to mount a final rally, Jones protected the paint and at one point, blocked both June Mar Fajardo and Charles Rhodes in one possession.

“I think they made a great run in the fourth quarter and you know, that’s where my defensive presence had to take over,” Jones said.

“I had to be at the rim protecting and you know, I just happened to have five blocks,” he added.

With five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and former Best Import Charles Rhodes roaming the paint for San Miguel, the Beermen had a dominant frontline more than capable of taking over.

While both Rhodes and Fajardo ended up with double-doubles, TNT managed to do a good enough job to limit their offensive production as the two combined barely outscored Jones, 33-30.

“They’re both very good big men. We knew we’re gonna have a challenge guarding them just because of how offensively talented both guys are. I knew I was gonna guard JMF most of the time but then [Rhodes] got it going so I had to try to make a switch just to you know, we stay with that lead,” Jones said.

“But both bigs are very good, a lot of credit to those guys. They just won a championship so we give them a lot of respect, a lot of credit. We just try to get better as a team each day,” he added.

 

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