Tropang Giga Takes Commanding Lead over Bolts in PBA Governors' Cup Semifinals
In a highly anticipated matchup between two of the best teams in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the TNT Tropang Giga and the Meralco Bolts faced off in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinal series. The game took place on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and it was good.
From the opening tip, it was clear that the Tropang Giga was locked in and focused on the task. They played with great intensity and energy, especially on the defensive end of the floor. On the other hand, the Bolts struggled to find their rhythm and were held to a miserable 10-of-40 shooting from the field in the first half.
Led by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who finished with 40 points and 13 rebounds, the Tropang Giga built a commanding 26-point lead by halftime. Hollis-Jefferson and his teammates played with their hearts out, and their determination and effort paid off.
Despite a third-quarter surge by the Bolts, TNT maintained its lead and never let Meralco get back into the game. The Tropang Giga showed a burning desire for a turnaround from their previous loss, a sorry 124-117 overtime defeat, and they delivered when it mattered most.
Mikey Williams also had a standout performance, contributing 29 points to help TNT secure the series’s pivotal 2-1 lead. The Tropang Giga showed that they are a force to be reckoned with, offensively and defensively. Coach Jojo Lastimosa was pleased with his team’s defensive effort, which he said was key to the victory. “In Game 2, we threw away defensive techniques. Tonight, we fought them in a defensive battle,” he said.
With the win, the Tropang Giga move within one victory of advancing to the championship playoffs. They will look to close out the series in Game 4 on Friday at the Big Dome.
The PBA Governors’ Cup has been filled with thrilling games and exciting moments, and this matchup between TNT and Meralco was no exception. The two teams are evenly matched, and it will be interesting to see how they adjust and respond in the next game. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain: the TNT Tropang Giga is a team to watch in this year’s PBA Governors’ Cup. They have shown the talent, determination, and resilience to compete with the best of the best in the league.