PBA Finals Game 5: TNT Tropang Giga vs Ginebra San Miguel 2023
The game took a crucial turn late in the third quarter when Brownlee, clearly injured, headed to the dugout with a towel over his head. Ginebra’s six-time champion import was limited to a little over 25 minutes of action, putting in 14 points on a 6-of-11 field clip. The Tropang Giga seized the opportunity and made the most of Brownlee’s early exit, clinching the crucial win on an 8-0 closing punch.
Hollis-Jefferson had a stellar performance, piling up triple-double numbers with 32 points, 16 rebounds, and ten assists. Oftana contributed 20 points, including four three-pointers, and four other TNT players contributed double-digit output. On the other hand, Standhardinger led Ginebra’s scoring with 29 points and seven rebounds, followed by Pinto with 18 points.
With back-to-back wins, coach Jojo Lastimosa and the TNT gang finally grabbed the series upper hand with a chance to win it in Game 6 on Friday or in Game 7, if necessary, on Sunday. However, Lastimosa remains cautious, expecting a tough fight from Ginebra, especially with Brownlee likely to return in the next game.
Overall, Game 5 was a thrilling and intense match-up showcasing both teams’ skills and tenacity. TNT’s victory creates an exciting Game 6 that could determine the series’ outcome. The PBA Governors’ Cup finals have lived up to the hype, and fans can’t wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds.