PBA Finals: Emotional Jones tries to keep it cool vs. SMB

Paul Lintag on Aug 04, 2019 10:37 PM
PBA Finals: Emotional Jones tries to keep it cool vs. SMB
“I'm used to it, but you know, this is the championship, so I'm definitely emotional as well.” — Terrence Jones (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

The constant theme for TNT opponents for the entire 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been simple: try to get into the head of Terrence Jones.

That way, maybe one can slow the super import down.

For Game 1 of the Finals, San Miguel Beer tried to do just that however, it wasn’t as effective as the Beermen would have hoped.

Starting off the game with Christian Standhardinger marking him, then Arwind Santos, then Kelly Nabong, and finally Chris Ross, Jones still managed to shoot 61 percent from the field for 41 points to go along with 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.

TNT got the Game 1 win.

With all those defenders, Jones had minor incidents with almost all of them but easily was the most heated was the one against Chris Ross after Terrence hit him with an elbow resulting in an offensive foul.

Ross didn’t appreciate it of course.

“I don't know, I mean they called an offensive foul, and I guess he felt I was on him or something,” Jones said of Ross.

“I tried to help him up to let him know that that wasn't intentional, but he didn't want my help. It's the playoffs, I don't really care,” he added.

As opponents continue to try to get into his head, Jones says he’s trying his best to keep his calm.

The KaTropa certainly need him on the floor in order to win this championship and it’s not like all the antics are new to Jones.

It’s just a matter of him being calm and collected when the antics come.

“I'm used to it, but you know, this is the championship, so I'm definitely emotional as well. I love to play the game, I want to win, so I'm here to not let anybody punk me, but I'm definitely, you know, trying to stay calm and stay poised to make sure I stay in the game for my team,” Jones said.

“That's pretty much the only thing that, you know, teams try to do to make me not be as aggressive on offense. So you know, it comes within the game, and I'm ready for it,” he added.

 

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