The TNT KaTropa finished the elimination round of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a resounding win over the slumping Magnolia Hotshots and while clinching the top seed has been the team’s primary motivation, import Terrence Jones has another source for his own.
Ajani, Jones’ 8-year old Filipino-American son was on hand to watch the KaTropa dismantle the Hotshots, 98-83, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The young Jones arrived early this week and came to the Big Dome in a mini-version of his dad’s TNT jersey and even joined the team during its halftime shootaround.
“I’m excited man, he’s been excited all day and he’s been up since 5 am so he’s tired now but you know he had a great time at practices, at the game, so I’m very happy he’s here,” said Jones who was adjudged as played of the game after coming up with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocked shots.
“He’s definitely my motivation and you know he wanted us to win so I got him that and I’m happy that he’s here,” he added.
With the KaTropa claiming the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals, the flagship team of the MVP group will face the winner of the Alaska vs Meralco knockout match which is scheduled on Friday, July 19 at the MOA Arena.
And while Jones is completely focused on leading TNT all the way to the promised land, he’s nonetheless thrilled to have his son beside him for this particular journey.
“He loves it here, man. You know he’s been eating food that’s from here and like it’s back home because his grandmother makes it so you know he’s just happy. He’s happy to be here and just be in a different environment.”