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TNT dismantles Barangay Ginebra in PBA Finals rematch

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TNT Tropang Giga scored a wire-to-wire 88-67 domination over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Mikey Williams top-scored with 27 points, including four three-point conversions, Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy added 14 markers apiece, and Jeth Troy Rosario contributed 13 as the Tropang Giga solidified its hold of the top-spot with 8-1 win-loss slate.

This was the first meeting between the two squads since their 2020 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals in December, 2020 where Barangay Ginebra finished off TNT in five games.

Holding to a slim 20-16 lead, the Tropang Giga banked on Castro’s 10 straight points and conversions by Williams and Rosario to open up a 54-38 advantage midway in the third quarter.

The Kings, however, rallied back to trim the deficit to 52-59 but the Tropang Giga pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Pogoy and Rosario for its largest lead of 82-58 on a two-pointer by Kelly Williams.

Japeth Aguilar led the defending champions Kings (3-5) with 18 points, Christian Standhardinger added 14, while Earl Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle had 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

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