PBA Finals: Jones says TNT was “locked in” during masterful Game 1 win

Paul Lintag on Aug 05, 2019 03:49 PM
PBA Finals: Jones says TNT was “locked in” during Game 1 win
“Everybody was locked in, and we knew how important Game 1 was, and we just you know, are consistently saying, 'Take it one game at a time.' We're focused on each quarter, and just trying to win the quarter,” Jones said. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

In Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Terrence Jones made sure to stamp his class all over the competition.

In the series opener against San Miguel, Jones went off for 41 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks, leading the top-ranked KaTropa to a convincing win and an early lead in the title race.

Jones scored 16 in the opening period alone, sparking a 20-0 run that bridged into the second period that turned the game in favor of TNT for good.

“Everybody was locked in, and we knew how important Game 1 was, and we just you know, are consistently saying, 'Take it one game at a time.' We're focused on each quarter, and just trying to win the quarter,” Jones said.

“I think you know, us breaking it down like that, and trying to just win the game within the game makes it a lot easier for us,” he added.

It was a rousing Game 1 victory for the KaTropa, stopping the Beermen playoff juggernaut in the process.

TNT locked up most of San Miguel’s shooters as the Beermen got pretty much no significant contributions from Terrence Romeo, Chris Ross, Arwind Santos, and Alex Cabagnot.

That was the plan according to Jones.

“I think we came in with a great game plan to try to you know, defensively not let any of their shooters get any open opportunities, and our guys stayed home,” Jones said.

“And I think that that helped us out, getting defensive stops. I just wanted to be a big help, defensively, for my guys when guys like Chris or any of their guards penetrated, I just wanted to be there to help, and make things difficult. I think that helped us get deflections and get steals, which led to us getting easier buckets in transitions and finding guys,” he added.

 

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