Mikey Williams steadied the ship and TNT overcame a furious Magnolia surge en route to a 105-93 in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Friday, October 22.
The super rookie scattered 8 of his new personal playoff-high 28 points in the final quarter as the Tropang Giga fended off the Hotshots to seize a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven affair.
Buried in a hole as deep as 21 points, the Magnolia narrowed the gap to just 4 points, 86-90, until Williams sparked and capped a 10-3 run with triples to give TNT a 100-89 advantage.
Jayson Castro then scored 4 straight points in the ensuing possessions as the Tropang Giga moved two wins away from their first title in six years.
Coming off a 21-point outing in their Game 1 romp, Williams continued to wax hot after dropping 14 points off 3 triples in a record-setting first half that saw TNT sink 13 three-pointers.
The Tropang Giga hit 10 treys in the opening quarter and 3 more in the second period to set the record for most three-pointers made in a first half of a PBA finals as they grabbed a 66-50 halftime lead.
Williams also finished with 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Castro came off the bench and produced 16 points and 5 rebounds, Troy Rosario had 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Brian Heruela added 11 points on a 3-of-5 clip from beyond the arc.
Ryan Reyes chimed in 10 points in the win as he also played a key role in their 40-point first-quarter outburst where he knocked down two triples.
Although struggling from the field, Poy Erram still made his presence felt for TNT with 6 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Kelly Williams bucked back spasms and put up 3 points and 5 rebounds.
The Hotshots appeared headed for another blowout loss before they stormed back behind Ian Sangalang, who chalked up 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals despite being hobbled by back issues.
Paul Lee had 12 points in the loss, Calvin Abueva churned out 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Mark Barroca added another 11 points.
TNT 105 – M. Williams 28, Castro 16, Rosario 12, Heruela 11, Reyes 10, Pogoy 9, Erram 6, Montalbo 5, Khobuntin 5, K. Williams 3, Exciminiano 0.
Magnolia 93 – Sangalang 25, Lee 12, Abueva 11, Barroca 11, Dionisio 9, Dela Rosa 6, Ahanmisi 6, Jalalon 5, Reavis 4, Corpuz 4.
Quarters: 40-27, 66-50, 86-79, 105-93.