TNT Tropang GIGA defeated Magnolia Hotshots 102-84, scoring on Wednesday, August 10, at the SMART Araneta Coliseum to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in their best-of-seven semifinal matchup for the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup.
Williams was held without a goal in the first half by the Hotshots’ solid defensive strategy, which they had employed throughout the semis. Nevertheless, the Tropang Giga won.
However, it enabled Pogoy and Erram the opportunity to step up when necessary.
They are not a one-person team, according to TNT coach Chot Reyes.
“Mikey is a significant member of our team, but he is not the sole member. Huge credit goes to the men who kept stepping up and taking up the fight” according to the current Gilas Pilipinas coach.
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The third quarter saw TNT go on a 9-0 run that saw the margin increase to 56-42 thanks to a Jayson Castro layup. With eight straight points, the Tropang GIGA extended their lead to 66-49, completed by a Glenn Khobuntin layup.
JP Erram led the Tropang GIGA with a 19-point, 13-rebound, one-assist, and one-block performance in 25 minutes.
After a scoreless first half, Poy Erram scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Mikey Williams went unconscious down the stretch as the Tropang GIGA took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Roger Pogoy added 18 points, on 6-of-11 shooting with four 3-pointers, in addition to 2 rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Troy Rosario contributed 15 points for the Tropang GIGA, who blew the game open with second-half leads as large as 23 points.
After scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Tropang Giga increased their lead to 95-72, Williams scored a respectable 15 points.
Magnolia lost while Ian Sangalang scored 19 points and Paul Lee added 17. In Game Four, the foul-plagued Calvin Abueva scored only two points on one of five attempts.
TNT Tropang GIGA vs Magnolia Hotshots Scores
TNT 102 – Erram 19, Pogoy 18, M. Williams 15, Rosario 15, Khobuntin 9, Castro 9, Reyes 6, K. Williams 4, Cruz 3, Alejandro 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Tungcab 0, Montalbo 0, Marcelo 0, Banal 0.
Magnolia 84 – Sangalang 19, Lee 17, Dionisio 14, Reavis 7, Barroca 5, Corpuz 4, Jalalon 4, Dela Rosa 4, Wong 4, Brill 2, Abueva 2, Zaldivar 2, Ahanmisi 0, Laput 0, Escoto 0.
Quarters: 18-15; 42-38; 70-54; 102-84.