PBA Philippine Cup

TNT closes in on PBA title, spoils Abueva BPC win

Delfin Dioquino
TNT closes in on PBA title, spoils Abueva BPC win

MARKSMAN. Mikey Williams rains three-pointers on Magnolia as TNT wins Game 4 by 17 points.

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Mikey Williams takes charge anew against Magnolia in a blowout Game 4 win that puts TNT on the verge of its first PBA championship in six years

Mikey Williams’ scoring spree continued as TNT coasted to a 106-89 rout over Magnolia to move on the cusp of the PBA Philippine Cup title at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Wednesday, October 27.

Fresh from a career-high 39-point eruption in Game 3, Williams sizzled for 26 points on a 6-of-11 clip from long range in the Game 4 victory that put the Tropang Giga on the verge of their first crown in six years.

TNT also spoiled the celebration of Hotshots’ star Calvin Abueva, who earned the Best Player of the Conference plum, as it broke the game wide open in the second quarter.

Abueva scattered a game-high 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals, but Magnolia never threatened a comeback after the Tropang Giga seized a 57-39 advantage at halftime.

It was a fairly close battle midway through the second period with the Hotshots trailing by a single possession, 29-31, until TNT ended the first half with a 26-10 run led by Ryan Reyes.

The Tropang Giga outscored Magnolia in the second quarter, 33-15.

Reyes churned out 10 points and 4 steals, all coming in the first half, Jayson Castro put up 12 points, and Dave Marcelo added another 10 points to go with 5 rebounds for TNT.

Brian Heruela, Roger Pogoy, and Poy Erram made their presence felt in the win with 9 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Troy Rosario had 5 points and 3 rebounds in a surprise start for the Tropang Giga despite being listed as “doubtful” for Game 4 after suffering a dislocated finger and spinal shock from an ugly fall in Game 3.

Ian Sangalang backstopped Abueva with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals in the losing effort.

The Scores

TNT 106 – M. Williams 26, Castro 12, Reyes 10, Marcelo 10, Heruela 9, Pogoy 9, Erram 9, Montalbo 8, K. Williams 6, Rosario 5, Khobuntin 2.

Magnolia 89 – Abueva 28, Sangalang 17, Lee 15, Barroca 13, Dela Rosa 11, Reavis 3, Jalalon 2, Corpuz 0, Melton 0, Ahanmisi 0, Pascual 0, Dionisio 0.

Quarters: 24-24, 57-39, 82-67, 106-89. 

– Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.