PBA: McDaniels has his locals to thank in big Game 3 win for TNT
Paul Lintag on Dec 19, 2019 10:26 PM
“They did a great job. That’s what a team is for. The team has your back, when you’re struggling or having bad nights, which was the case for me tonight,” McDaniels said. (PBA)
KJ McDaniels wasn’t exactly having the best of outings Thursday as TNT battled Meralco for a crucial Game 3 in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
After scoring 51 points but losing by 20 in Game 2, McDaniels couldn’t buy a bucket against the Bolts.
Worse, TNT was losing too, trailing by as many as 13 in the first half.
McDaniels only had two points at the break and only eight through three quarters.
However, his teammates picked things up, with the KaTropa locals taking over for a 35-point third quarter allowing TNT to take the lead.
Come the fourth, it was McDaniels’ turn to take over, scoring 10 points, including a clutch putback with 37 seconds to go as the KaTropa took a close 101-97 win for a 2-1 series lead.
“They did a great job. That’s what a team is for. The team has your back, when you’re struggling or having bad nights, which was the case for me tonight,” McDaniels said.
“I just had to step up on defense, make sure my teammates are involved so they have confidence as well,” he added.
One win away from the Finals, KJ is stressing the fact that TNT should keep its focus.
The Bolts will simply not hand a Finals appearance to the KaTropa after all.
“We have to stay locked in, can’t celebrate because they’re not a team we can just sit back and just play with. They’re a great team and they’ve shown that,” McDaniels said.
“They’ve challenged us every game. We have to come out here with the right mentality again, stay focused, and play defense,” he added.
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