PBA: Terrence Jones downplays impending matchup with Justin Brownlee
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2019 10:38 PM
Terrence Jones and TNT are headed to a big-time battle against Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra.
On the back of Terrence Jones, TNT finally took care of business against pesky Alaska.
The former NBA player pounded in 37 points, 22 rebounds, and nine assists in the KaTropa's victory versus the Aces, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
More importantly, he came through when it mattered most, scoring his team's last 12 points to seal the deal.
"I feel great. I think Alaska really gave us great competition," he told reporters post-game. "They were really well-coached and their guys really fought. We really had to come out today and play together."
Indeed, Jones and company lost their twice-to-beat advantage in Game 1 and found themselves down by as much as 15 in the first half of Game 2.
The American reinforcement rallied his troops at halftime, though, as they took control, never to relinquish it in the second half. Asked about the mood inside the locker room, he answered, "Very good. Very good. We're happy. We're excited. You know, we did this together as a team."
He then continued, "You know, everybody was a little panicked after that first loss and we just had to believe in ourselves and come together. I think that's what we did."
Now, TNT turns its attention to a best-of-five semifinals series opposite Ginebra tipping off on Friday.
There, all eyes will be on Jones, the frontrunner for Best Import, going at it with Gin King Justin Brownlee, the undisputed choice for most beloved reinforcement.
Still, the KaTropa's man in the middle is keeping his eyes trained on the bigger picture. "For me, our jersey says TNT so I'm just, you know, trying to make sure we get the win and we do what it takes to get to the next round," he said.
For that, Jones wants nothing but the energy and effort they put out in the second half of their win today. "We're gonna have to, you know, just have that bond between ourselves and just believe in ourselves," he said.
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