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TNT Survives Phoenix Late Flurry, Stretches PBA Semis to Do or Die Game 5

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TNT Tropang Giga stayed alive in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals following a 102-101 Game 4 escape over Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters on Wednesday night at the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. tallied 36 points, including five triples, Jayson Castro added 21 markers, while Roger Pogoy and Simon Enciso contributed 18 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Tropang Giga.

The Tropang Giga surged to a 21-12 opening with early hits from Parks and Anthony Washington. The Fuel Masters pulled to within 25-28 early in the second but consecutive hits by Castro allowed TNT to build a 48-38 halftime edge.

TNT went on to build its largest lead at 57-40 early in the third canto with hits from Parks and Castro but Phoenix Super LPG answered back with a huge rally to come to within 68-69 heading into the fourth.

The Tropang Giga managed to pull away anew at 86-75 in the fourth quarter and was comfortably ahead 94-84 with over two minutes left before the Fuel Masters unloaded a barrage of triples late in the match but could only come to as close as 101-102.

Matthew Wright finished the match with 34 points, including seven triples, while Jason Perkins and Calvin Abueva contributed 19 and 17 markers, respectively, for the Fuel Masters.

BOX SCORE:

TNT 102 – Parks 36, Castro 21, Pogoy 18, Enciso 14, Washington 6, Erram 4, Montalbo 3, Rosario 0, Reyes 0, Semerad 0, De Leon 0, Vosotros 0.

PHOENIX 101 – Wright 34, Perkins 19, Abueva 17, Jazul 11, Chua 10, Rios 4, Garcia 4, Heruela 2, Mallari 0, Reyes 0, Intal 0, Napoles 0.

Quarterscores: 21-12, 48-38, 69-68, 102-101.