PBA FINALS: Jones ejection 'keyed' SMB's 2OT triumph over TNT

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 07, 2019 11:26 PM
PBA FINALS: Jones ejection 'keyed' SMB's triumph over TNT
Terrence Jones was nowhere to be found as San Miguel pulled off a thrilling triumph over TNT

San Miguel Beer and TNT were going at it in Game 2 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

The KaTropa were protecting a three-point edge with under two minutes remaining in the first overtime when they got a defensive stop.

American reinforcement Terrence Jones then got the ball and wasted no time leaving Christian Standhardinger in the dust.

Only, Chris Ross was also standing in his way.

Not long after, Ross was down on the floor - and not long after, Jones was assessed a technical foul for second motion.

That was the TNT import’s second “T” - therefore ejecting him from the game.

San Miguel did nothing but take advantage, outscoring its opponents, 16-11, the rest of the way for a 127-125 double-overtime win.

Of course, Beermen head coach Leo Austria himself could only acknowledge that the absence of Jones played a big part in their tying the best-of-seven series at 1-1. ”I think that was the key, when their import went out with his second technical (foul),” he told reporters in his post-win interview.

In the eyes of the 6-foot-9 versatile big man, though, San Miguel won, fair and square. “They won it. We just gotta get ready for Friday,” he said after getting ejected, but still flirting with a triple-double 28 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and three blocks.

Pressed further if he had any comment on the officiating, Jones just brushed it all off. "I mean, you saw the game. I don't have to speak on it," he said.

Nonetheless, the KaTropa's man in the middle only hoped he was there, helping his team fend off oncoming San Miguel. As he put it, "It was very tough. You know, I always want to be there for my team, to fight with my guys. That wasn't possible (earlier) so that's very frustrating."

And so, Jones said he and his teammates would do their best to get a convincing victory the next time around. "We got to make sure we can control the game so it's not as close and down the wire. That way, I'm still there to, you know, have a chance to win the game," he said.

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