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TnT Tropan Giga goes to KO to secure a berth for the PHL Cup final

TnT Tropan Giga will go knockout to secure a spot in the PBA Philippine Cup final in Game 6 of the Best 7 Semifinal Series with San Miguel Bimen on Friday. — PBA image

NS Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior reporter

TnT Tropan Giga will be knocked out (KO) to compete in the final of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup in Round 6 of the Best 7 Semifinal Series against San Miguel Bimen on Friday. Jim of Honorio Ventura State University in Bakara, Philippines.

Playing at 3:00 pm, TnT is aiming for the jugular vein to compete in the finals of all Philippine tournaments of the Philippine Basketball Association for the second consecutive year.

Tropan Giga, who lost his finalist last year, moved to an advantage after a 2-2 draw in the series due to Beerman’s 110-90 defeat at Game Five on Wednesday.

It was the dominant performance by TnT from the beginning and never allowed San Miguel to start the game.

Tropang Giga started the contest with a 30-9 run in the first nine minutes of the match and never looked back from there.

The team played with additional bounces and played with full players.

The previously unavailable Kelli Williams (health and safety protocol) has finally returned and the injured JP Elam (fracture of the cheekbone) has fought and played.

The two also achieved 22 points and nine rebounds, and also played a role in competing against the San Miguel tycoon.

“I have to praise those two guys (Williams and Elam),” said TnT coach Chotleyes at a press conference after the Game Five.

Also, it was veteran guard Jason Castro who made a big step up for Tropan Giga in the victory. Jason Castro finished with 19 points and 8 assists, except for a stable presence.

Rookie Mikey Williams and Roger Pogoy each scored 18 points. The latter bounced off the two-point show in the previous game and was efficient with a 50% (7-of-14) shoot clip from the floor.

Meanwhile, Troy Rosario had 17 points and 8 boards.

In last season’s Philippine Cup final, TnT fell to the Barangay Jinebra San Miguel Kings in five games.

Aiming for the eighth PBA title in franchise history, this is the first time since winning the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.

Magnolia takes a different path
Meanwhile, Magnolia Panban Sanmanock Hotshot will re-enter the Philippine Cup final after being dissatisfied with Meralcobolts in Round 5 of the semi-final series.

Holding the lead of the 3-1 series entering the previous game, Hotshots tried to close the bolt but failed at 102-98.

Allein Maliksi, Nards Pinto and Chris Newsome led Meralco to a brave victory.

Magnolia, led by Mark Baroka and Calvin Abueva, finished with 25 and 19 points, respectively.

Game 6 of the Magnolia-Meralco series is set at 6 pm

TnT Tropan Giga goes to KO to secure a berth for the PHL Cup final TnT Tropan Giga goes to KO to secure a berth for the PHL Cup final

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