PBA Finals By the Numbers: Making it rain
Paul Lintag on Aug 11, 2019 12:19 AM
The KaTropa were down by 17 early but then responded with a 24-0 run that completely turned the tide. TNT used that run to power a strong Game 3 win for a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is heating up.
Game 3 didn’t go into double overtime but there were still a ton of things that happened between TNT and San Miguel.
Before Game 4, we’ll break some of them down here in By the Numbers.
Straight points for TNT in the second quarter.
The KaTropa were down by 17 early but then responded with a 24-0 run that completely turned the tide. TNT used that run to power a strong Game 3 win for a 2-1 series lead.
TNT’s 24-0 run is the longest in PBA Finals history in 28 years or since Ginebra’s 31-0 run over Shell in Game 5 of the 1991 First Conference Finals.
Total free throw attempts for TNT in Game 3, most in the PBA Finals since San Miguel shot 46 in Game 4 of the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska aka the game that started the Beeracle run.
The KaTropa connected on 30 free throws and the Beermen were called for 30 fouls.
Terrence Jones shot the bulk of them, going 14/23 from the line
SMB shot 21/28 from the line after 26 TNT fouls.
Total players from both teams that had five fouls each.
Terrence Jones, Brian Heruela, Don Trollano, Chris McCullough, and Terrence Romeo were all in deep foul trouble, part of the reason wh Game 3 took so long because of all the fouls.
June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had four fouls each and in the case of Troy, he already had three in the opening period.
Total three-pointers for Terrence Jones and RR Pogoy.
After combining for just one triple in Game 2, Jones and Pogoy shot 5/9 each from deep to power TNT’s assault from rainbow country.
The KaTropa connected on 15 triples in Game 3. San Miguel was down to eight triples after 18 in Game 2.
Total points for Don Trollano, a career-high.
Trollano’s production has been incredible in these Finals, making sure that the TNT starters always put up double figures each game.
Game 3 was Trollano’s best perfomance scoring 18, eight in the fourth quarter.
Game 4 is Sunday still at the Big Dome.
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