MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel rained 16 three-pointers on TNT and picked up a 114-96 win over TNT to force a do-or-die Game 7 in the PBA Philippine Cup finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, September 2.
Simon Enciso, Marcio Lassiter, and CJ Perez all breached the 20-point mark as the Beermen kept their championship hopes alive by knotting the best-of-seven series at 3-3.
Lassiter fired 22 points off 6 triples, Enciso finished with 20 points laced with 6 treys, while Perez tallied 20 points in the wire-to-wire victory.
Roger Pogoy unloaded 31 points for the Tropang Giga, but his scoring onslaught went down the drain as TNT badly missed the presence of injured veteran Jayson Castro.
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After coming out on top in the pivotal Game 5 of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals series, TNT looks to dispatch San Miguel and capture its second straight Philippine Cup title when both teams collide in Game 6 on Friday, September 2.
Momentum may be on the side of the Tropang Giga heading into this all-important matchup as they have now won two consecutive games ever since the return of their head coach Chot Reyes from his Gilas Pilipinas duties, winning Games 4 and 5 with an average margin of 11 points.
Despite losing their top point guard Jayson Castro early in the second half of Game 5 due to an ankle sprain, the Tropang Giga still managed to hold off the powerhouse Beermen as former PBA MVP Kelly Williams stepped up big with a conference-high of 21 points on 4-on-6 shooting from three-point land.
With Castro’s status for Game 6 still up in the air, look for Kelly, as well as high-scoring guards Mikey Williams and RR Pogoy, and big man Poy Erram, to deliver once again for the Tropang Giga as they try to finish the series and retain their Philippine Cup crown.
Meanwhile, for the Beermen, expect another huge double-double outing from six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and bounce-back performances from Marcio Lassiter, CJ Perez, and Jericho Cruz, who all combined for a dismal 0-9 clip from downtown in Game 5, as they hope to live another day and force a do-or-die Game 7 on Sunday, September 4.
Game time is 5:45 pm.