PBA Finals By the Numbers: Who can stop Terrence Jones?
Paul Lintag on Aug 06, 2019 08:48 AM
The top-ranked KaTropa demolished San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome, taking an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals went the way of TNT.
It wasn’t even close.
The top-ranked KaTropa demolished San Miguel Beer Sunday at the Big Dome, taking an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 titular showdown. As per customary in the PBA Finals, By the Numbers is back.
Let’s break this one down.
Total number of triples connected by TNT in the opening quarter of these Finals.
The KaTropa hot right from the start, using a barrage from rainbow country to create early separation from the Beermen.
TNT ended up with 13 triples in Game 1, definitely slowing down after a hot first quarter. But the work was doen and the KaTropa have a 1-0 lead for it.
Total points for Terrence Jones in the first quarter.
The leading Best Import candidate wasted little time announcing his presence in these Finals, dominating in the first 12 minutes to help TNT score a Game 1 knockout.
Jones finished with 41 points in the win on top of 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.
At least four individual defenders from the Beermen took on Jones one-on-one in an effort to slow the TNT import down.
San Miguel started with Christian Standhardinger on Jones, then Arwind Santos took on the assignment.
The first quarter wasn’t even done when Kelly Nabong tried to give it a go before Chris Ross took it upon himself to guard Jones.
Safe to say, at least for Game 1, San Miguel defenders got waxed by Jones in a sensational performance. How can the Beermen adjust for Game 2? That we’ll find out.
Total unanswered points for TNT in the first to second quarters of Game 1 that completely turned the tide in their favor.
Down 17-19, the KaTropa unloaded 18 straight points to end the opening period to take a 35-19 lead. They then scored the first basket of the second quarter to complete their run and they never looked back, cruising for a 13-point victory.
Total turnovers for San Miguel import Chris McCullough.
The Beermen had a lot of problems in Game 1, including lack of local support aside from June Mar Fajardo.
But if San Miguel will be forced to rely on McCullough, who is still scoring almost at will in these playoffs, the least that could happen if for him to limit his turnovers and not disrupt his own team’s momentum.
The Beermen had 18 turnovers in Game 1, half from their import.
Game 2 is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.
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