PBA: Terrence Jones pinpoints defense as main issue in TNT collapse

Santino Honasan on Aug 14, 2019 11:28 PM
PBA: Jones pinpoints defense as main issue in TNT collapse
"We just didn’t get stops when we needed to. We needed two more stops and we didn’t so that’s what happens. We lost." - Terrence Jones

Talk N' Text was essentially 12 minutes away from holding a 3-2 lead in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. 

The KaTropa had a commanding 16-point advantage in the opening moments of fourth quarter and appeared primed to regain the advantage in the conference-ending series. 

Instead, Talk N' Text saw that advantage disappear, allowing the San Miguel Beermen to steal Game 5, 99-94, and move one win away from yet another championship. 

In the final stretch of the game, with the Beermen breathing down their necks, the KaTropa had a number of chances to create a bit of separation but just couldn't convert on their chances. 

What's more is that they could not stop the SMB onslaught on the defensive end, which was the main concern for KaTropa import Terrence Jones. 

"We just didn’t get stops when we needed to," Jones said following the loss. "We needed two more stops and we didn’t, so that’s what happens. We lost."

Jones, the newly-crowned Best Import of the conference, was his usual dominant self, putting up 35 points, pulling down 17 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. 

In crunch time however, Jones was unable to finish on a couple of chances that could have swung the game in their favor. 

"It was a well-fought game. They made their runs and we made ours, we just got to try to make sure we take care of business next game," he added. 

When the question of fatigue was brought up, Jones maintained that it was simply all about getting the necessary stops to close out the game. 

"I’m not a person that makes excuses, so, it just comes down to stops to win the game, and they scored and we didn’t."

"We just didn’t score, man. I mean, I got to where I wanted to, where I’ve been shooting my lay-ups from, on the left side, most of the series, it just didn’t go in, and we didn’t get stops. Winning championships is about defense. We had the lead, and we gave it up by not getting stops. I think that’s what it boils down to, and we got to make sure we take care of that in the entire fourth quarter so it doesn’t come down to that," he continued.

In the final period, Jones was held to just three points, and while he did credit the Beermen for their defense, it was the KaTropa's defense, or lack thereof, during the closing sequences that Jones feels needs to be addressed. 

"Mainly, importantly to me is our defense. We were up with a double-digit lead in the fourth and gave that away, which even caused us to be in that situation, which is more of the bigger standpoint to me, and hopefully we can take care of that."

Now down in a 3-2 hole, the KaTropa are in do-or-die mode from here on out, and the former Houston Rocket made it clear that he wasn't ready to go down. 

"Exactly like you said, either win or be done, and I’m not ready to be done. I hope my teammates aren’t ready to be done, and we come in and we play with that attitude,"

Game 6 will be on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. 

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