TNT KaTropa is just a win away from another finals appearance when it faces Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at 7 p.m. tonight in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings prevented TNT from sweeping the series, 80-72, on Tuesday despite Justin Brownlee’s lackluster performance in the first three periods at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Brownlee was limited to a paltry output of 14 points.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone said they are moving forward taking things one at a time.
“We got to see if we can turnaround and try to get two. The old clichè — one at a time and that’s what really is. The reason why it is a clichè because everybody says it, and it’s always true. You have to play one by one, so we got one in front of us,” said Cone.
“We are not going to look on our history, we are not going to look on our future. We just got to focus on one game and see what we can do. You’d never know they beat us three straight, so there is no reason why we can’t beat them three straight, we just have to focus on one right now,” he added.
Meanwhile, TNT coach Bong Ravena believes that focus is crucial so as not to squander their advantage.
“We have to start strong. It can’t be like that. Ginebra is fighting for survival so we cannot relax. Ginebra played really, really well and they have no choice but to fight back. We have to correct our own mistakes and I hope this game will serve as lesson for us,” Ravena told The Manila Times.
TNT’s Terrence Jones finished with 24 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in Game 3.
TNT is eyeing its 18th overall finals appearance and a return to Commissioner’s Cup Finals since losing the title to San Miguel Beer in 2017.