KaTropa know full well they can't keep coming from behind in PBA Finals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 11, 2019 10:32 PM
TNT keeps hoping for strong starts in games in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
TNT ran out of gas at the end of Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Commissioners' Cup Finals, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.
Battling back from being down by as much as 15 in the third quarter, the KaTropa could only come as close as two points for the remainder of the game.
And in the end, they only saw San Miguel Beer knot up the best-of-seven championship series at 2-2.
Of course, TNT could do nothing but lament the fact that it was at the wrong end of another killer run. "Start ng fourth quarter, ang laki na naman ng hinabol namin. For us to win, dapat 'di kami naghahabol," Jayson Castro told reporters post-game.
In Game 4, the KaTropa actually had a one-point lead at halftime before the Beermen used a 12-0 run to mount the lead they would never relinquish.
In Game 2, also a loss, the KaTropa also had to chase down a 14-point deficit after two quarters.
And even in their Game 1 win, the KaTropa fell behind, 35-19, following the opening salvo.
That could not keep happening if the flagship team of the MVP group is to win its first championship since 2015. "I feel like we're putting ourselves in a hole then climbing out of it, win or lose. We have to focus on starting the way we finish," Terrence Jones said.
He then continued, "I think we're finishing games with desperation on defense and aggressiveness and everybody's trying to win. If we start games how we played in the second half, I think we'll be good."
TNT would hope for just that when they re-engage with San Miguel in the pivotal Game 5, Wednesday still at the same venue.
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