San Miguel dropped Game 1 of its best-of-seven championship series against TNT in humiliating fashion, via 109-96 rout in a game wherein the real powerhouse team never had a chance to show up. No thanks to a one-man wrecking crew named Terrence Jones.
The Beermen simply had no answer for the former Houston Rockets forward who finished with a game-high 41 points, including 4 of 7 from long distance, 12 boards, 8 assists and 3 blocks.
It wasn’t all about Jones, though, for the top-seeded KaTropa as four locals provided ample support led by 2011 Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP Jayson Castro who came through with 20 markers while Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy and Don Trollano contributed 16, 13 and 11 points, respectively.
For SMB team captain Arwind Santos, it’s a question of who do you contain first, the prolific import or the productive locals?
“Kung papipiliin ka, gusto mo bang umiskor si Terrence Jones ng more than fifty points? Or at the same time, off ang mga locals nila?” wondered the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player.
“Kasi nung Game 1 maganda na yung laro ni Jones, maganda pa yung local. Kailangan hindi dapat ganoon ang mangyari. Kung mao-off namin yung import, okay lang maganda yung local. Kung mao-off namin yung local, dapat yung import hindi na. Mamili kami sa side na yun,” he continued.
Despite the Beermen’s defensive focus on Jones, Santos admitted that stopping the leading candidate for the conference’s Best Import award is easier said than done.
“Magaling talaga eh. Ganun talaga. Minsan, parang sobrang galing, gusto mo na talagang pigilan, minsan gusto mong bigyan, minsan gusto mong tirahin na. Hindi sa normal yun. Pero tignan natin sa Game Two.”
With Game 2 set on Wednesday, August 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Santos said that the team is prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent another dominating show from Jones.
“Magkakaroon ulit ng chance na kung sino matatapat namin sa kanya, talagang gagawin namin lahat para ma-stop siya, kahit papaano.”