PBA playoffs: TNT ousts pesky Alaska to barge into semis

first_imgView comments Terrence Jones back in his dominant form. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–TNT drew a balanced scoring from its primary cast to take down pesky Alaska, 104-93, and tab a spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Import Terrence Jones regained his lethal form—scoring 37 points and pulling down 22 rebounds—just in time for the topranked KaTropa, who absorbed a humiliating loss in the series opener with the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Troy Rosario tossed in 20 more in his finest scoring performance this conference, helping in the effort buoyed by Don Trollano and Jayson Castro, who had 17 and 14, respectively.“Our first game had a different feel to it,” coach Bong Ravena told reporters, pointing to Game 1 beatdown that put their prolific 10-1 record in peril.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT, which only lost a total of two games in the midseason conference, joins Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer in the Final Four. The KaTropa will face the defending champion Gin Kings in a race-to-three saga that begins Friday.“Fortunately we got back,” he added. “We told the players that we have to play harder than the last, that we had to make up our mind on defense. Good thing, all that showed tonight.” Quarterscores: 19-27, 44-54, 79-81, 104-93POST GAME INTERVIEW Russia eyes Tokyo Olympics after doping troubles Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian TNT’s might on the defensive end was on its sharpest form down the stretch, keeping Alaska scoreless for over three minutes as Jones tightened the noose with his long-distance and freethrow shooting.Simon Encisio had a torrid shooting from deep to spur Alaska’s offense. He finished the game with 24 points while three more added twin digits in the Aces’ losing effort.The ScoresTNT 104 – Jones 37, Rosario 20, Castro 17, Trollano 14, Pogoy 12, Washington 4, Reyes 0, Heruela 0, A. Semerad 0, D. Semerad 0.Alaska 93 – Enciso 24, Simpson 19, Banchero 14, Manuel 10, Teng 9, Casio 7, Racal 7, Cruz 3, Baclao 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more