TNT used a fiery third period to tear the carpet from Meralco (101-97) and take control of the triple semi-final duel in the PBA Governors' Cup on Thursday night at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
The KaTropa prevailed against the Bolts with 15 points in the decisive third and turned a nine-point deficit into a six-point spread in the final quarter when KJ McDaniels rebounded from a slow start to important points on the route hold true.
McDaniels had two major setbacks on the track, including one that gave TNT a 100-97 lead. The KaTropa then forced a missed threesome from the Bolts & # 39; Alone Maliksi to move within a final win.
"We were far better on the defensive than in the last game," said TNT coach Bong Ravena, who struggled to gain a foothold in the first half.
All KaTropa starters were able to achieve double-digit scores, whereby Troy Rosario was ahead with 25 points.
Rosario also had a huge triple that broke a 91 dead end and shifted momentum to the TNT side after the Bolts seemed to take control.
"Their backs are leaning against the wall so we couldn't afford to be carefree," Ravena said of the Bolts, who again received the goods from Allen Durham, the one with 32 points, 19 rebounds and seven Assists ended.
TNT can end the series on Saturday at 6.30pm. in the Ynares center in Antipolo, Rizal.
But the KaTropa have to start slowly, which got them stuck at the beginning of game 3.
"We can't go on like this. It's so flat," said Ravena. "Even if you say that this is a series and it could be a long one, we run the risk of making it a habit."
In the meantime, it was no surprise to hear Barangay Ginebra's coach Tim Cone – the veteran who has seen it all in three decades of coaching in the PBA – downplay what happened in the final four games of this page's Final Four of the Governors' Cup happened.
“You win at 30; Maybe you can get two wins instead [of one] but you can't, ”he told reporters on Wednesday night after Gin Kings defeated NorthPort 132-105 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and Ginebra went 2-1 in In her best-of-five series, most allowed this thing to be over and done with, and how she handled the walking, wounded Batang Pier.
"There is still a 50/50 game in the next game," said Cone, referring to Game 4 at 7pm. on Friday also in the legendary Big Dome. “From a 30-point win, you only get one win – as if you had won with one point. For them [Batang Pier] it is the same if they lose by one point or by 30. "
"It's nice to have a head start [now that the series is down to a best-of-three]," said Cone. "[But this win] is still going down as a 2-1 tour."
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