By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
The TNT Tropang Giga booked a spot within the finals of the PBA Philippine Cup following their 91-81 victory over the Phoenix Tremendous LPG Gas Masters of their semifinal rubber match on Friday on the Angeles College Basis Sports activities Area in Pampanga.
The steadier staff all through the match, TNT annoyed Phoenix on its technique to barging into the championship of the Philippine Basketball Affiliation All-Filipino Cup, the place it was final in seven years in the past.
Ray Parks Jr. led the way in which for the Tropang Giga within the win, churning out all-around numbers of 26 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
The competition acquired off to a aggressive begin, with the groups knotted at 10-all halfway into the opening quarter, earlier than TNT sprinted to construct a 25-20 lead on the finish of the primary 12 minutes.
Within the second quarter, offense tapered off a bit as protection was stepped up by each ends.
The rating was at 40-34, in favor of the Tropang Giga, on the halftime break.
Phoenix tried to make its transfer within the third interval, led by Calvin Abueva, however nonetheless discovered the going powerful with TNT prepared for every little thing its opponent threw en path to padding its result in 9 factors, 62-53, heading into the ultimate canto.
The Tropang Giga went for the jugular early within the fourth quarter, stretching their benefit to 16 factors, 83-67, with 3:26 to go.
The Gas Masters tried to make a last-ditch try to salvage the victory after, however may solely come to inside eight factors, 89-81, with 32 seconds to go earlier than TNT went to shut issues out.
Guard Simon Enciso completed with 12 factors to backstop Mr. Parks, with Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Jay Washington every including 11 markers.
For Phoenix, who got here only a win away from making its first-ever PBA finals look, it was Mr. Abueva who led with 23 factors, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Matthew Wright had 13 factors with Jason Perkins tallying 11 factors and 11 boards. TNT was awaiting its opponent within the finals between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Meralco Bolts, who had been to play in their very own semifinal winner-take-all afterward Friday.
One of the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals start on Sunday, Nov. 29.