MANILA, Philippines – TNT avenged its previous loss and dominated San Miguel, 110-90, in Game 5 of their 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semi-final series on Wednesday at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Tropang Giga, who lost 116-90 in Game 4, took a crucial 3-2 lead in the Best Seven series and only need one more win to return to the final a year after having lost to Barangay Ginebra.
A 32-17 opening quarterback was what TNT needed to assert control over the confused Beermen who struggled to fight the offense from guard and wing positions.
Terrence Romeo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross combined for a terrible 7 of 20 outing as the Tropang Giga enjoyed a good night of 14 of 28 shooting Roger Pogoy and Mikey Williams.
TNT head coach Chot Reyes also had the luxury of picking up Kelly Williams after going through league health and safety protocols.
Poy Erram, who fractured his cheekbone in Game 4, also adapted for Game 5, giving Reyes the much-needed depth on the pitch forward against San Miguel.
“Our mindset was to forget Game 4 and we’re at 0-0,” Reyes said. “We couldn’t compete without Kelly and Poy, so just to have that extra body, that extra big guy to compete with June Mar [Fajardo] and Mo Tautuaa, who was giving us problems this series, was great for us. “
Jayson Castro had 19 points and eight assists to lead TNT while Mikey and Pogoy both had 18 points.
Kelly, on his return, had 12 points while Erram scored 10 points and six rebounds for the Tropang Giga.
Fajardo finished with a high of 23 points with 12 rebounds for the Beermen.
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