Jefferson Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of TNT drives against Jason Perkins of Phoenix Super LPG. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

Tropang Giga in semis

March 23, 2023 Robert Andaya 613 views

THERE’S no stopping TNT Tropang Giga.

RR Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Glenn Khobuntin combined for 64 points as the Tropang Giga formally slammed the door on Phoenix Super LPG, 132-105, in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Pogoy played superbly and finished with a double-double of 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

He added seven assists and four steals.

Castro added 20 points and Khobuntin contributed 19 points for the Tropang Giga of coach Jojo Lastimosa.

Not to be outdone, import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came through with a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes on the floor.

Two other players — Calvin Oftana and Mikey Williams — chipped in 15 and 14 points.

Du’vaughn Maxwell led the losing effort of Phoenix with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting while adding 10 rebounds in 43 minutes.

Jason Perkins had 21 points and six rebounds and Javee Mocon added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists for Phoenix coach Jamike Jarin.

Actually, TNT outrebounded Phoenix, 54-34.

The Tropang Giga also finished with more assists 3519, than the Fuel Masters.

TNT also had 14 steals against only three byr Phoenix.

It was actually TNT’s ninth straight win dating back to the eliminations.

But Lastimosa said the Tropang Giga had to shake off a listless first half to finally frustrate the Fuel Masters.

“There were just a lot of frustrations in the first half, probably because we were expecting too much of ourselves that Phoenix is a pushover but they’re not. When we could not get the lead, everyone was frustrated. Not only the players but even the coaches,” said Lastimosa in an interview posted at the official PBA website.

“At halftime we just said that we need to pull the frustration level down. We just needed to calm down and pick our spots and play the game.”

The scores:

TNT (132) — Pogoy 25, Castro 20, Khobuntin 19, Hollis-Jefferson 18, Oftana 15, M.Williams 14, Chua 6, Erram 6, Montalbo 3, Marcelo 2, K.Williams 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Varilla 0, Tungcab 0.

Phoenix (105) — Maxwell 23, Perkins 21, Mocon 15, Serrano 9, Jazul 8, Manganti 8, Tio 7, Muyang 5, Soyud 3, Lojera 3, Alejandro 3, Garcia 0, Camacho 0, Adamos 0, Go 0.
Quarterscores: 38-41, 66-64, 100-83, 132-105.