PBA: No. 1 TNT ends Ginebra’s title defense with rousing Game 4 win

Paul Lintag on Aug 01, 2019 09:14 PM
PBA: No. 1 TNT ends Ginebra’s title defense in four games
TNT ended a two-year Finals drought with the win as the KaTropa advanced to the title round for the first time since 2017 in the very same conference (Photo by Richard Esguerra).

Brgy. Ginebra’s title defense is no more.

TNT landed the final haymaker in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday at the Big Dome, taking Game 4 over the Gin Kings, 103-92.

The top-ranked KaTropa unleashed a huge barrage in the second half to completely overwhelm Ginebra, ending the Gin Kings’ title defense in four games, 3-1.

TNT also ended a two-year Finals drought with the win as the KaTropa advanced to the title round for the first time since 2017 in the very same conference.

Import Terrence Jones shook off a bad shooting night to deliver another triple-double for TNT, scoring 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Big 3 of locals Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy also had big games for the KaTropa. Rosario led the pack by dropping 22 points.

Castro was good for 20 points while Pogoy contributed 14 points, all in a crucial third-quarter run.

Ginebra, sizzling hot with 62 points in the first half, got shut down for just 30 in the final two quarters.

Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar tried to carry the Gin Kings with 27 points each but it wasn’t enough for the win.

TNT will meet either San Miguel or Rain or Shine in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. The Beermen lead the other series, 2-1.

 

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