TNT def Phoenix Super LPG



TNT seemingly caught Phoenix Super LPG by surprise their last time out.

The question of whether the Tropang Giga could continue to take the Fuel Masters off-guard or the latter would be more ready would be known Friday when they clash in the deciding Game 5 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at the Smart 5G-powered AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City.

As promised by coach Bong Ravena, TNT did come up with something new by starting Jayson Castro and Jay Washington and playing small ball for majority of the contest.

The twin moves enabled the Tropa to match the Fuel Masters’ energy and get off to a good start, leading to a wire-to-wire 102-101 decision that tied the best-of-five series at two games apiece.

Castro lived up to Ravena’s expectations by scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half before Ray-Ray Parks fully took over by scattering 25 of his game-high 36 points in the second half, including 17 in the final canto that mainly kept Phoenix at bay.

Washington, meanwhile, finished with five rebounds and three blocks, in anchoring TNT’s inside defense that also pleased Ravena.

That doesn’t mean the Tropa have given up on main big men Poy Erram and Troy Rosario even if the two struggled mightily in Game 4.

“Naniniwala pa rin naman kami kay Poy, kay Troy. Alam namin lalabas din ‘yan, lalabas din laro nila,” said Ravena, before stressing the two should deliver what the team relies on the most.



Date Time League Conference
November 27, 2020 3:45 pm PBA 2020 Philippine Cup




TNT 91
Phoenix Super LPG81

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