TNT Tropang prevented falling into a deep 1-3 hole, scoring a series-tying 116-104 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Game 4 of the 47th PBA Governors’ Finals on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The hot-shooting Tropa tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece behind a barrage of three-pointers that allowed them to dominate the contest from start to finish.
TNT sank a PBA finals record 21 trifectas, 12 coming in the first two quarters that led to a sizable 59-41 lead at the half.
Ginebra won Game 3, 117-103, behind a franchise record 18 triples but TNT came up with their own torrid shooting display in Game 4, escaping with the 12-point win despite not having RR Pogoy, who was sidelined with a finger injury.
Jayson Castro, Mikey Williams, Calvin Oftana, and Kib Montalbo led the Tropa’s three-point barrage by sinking four triples each.
Copping the Best Import award prior to the game, Rondae Hollis-Jefferon came up with a superb performance and let TNT with 36 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Hollis-Jefferson also joined the Tropa’s three-point party as he added a conference-high three trifectas.
Castro came off the bench to add 17 points for TNT, while Williams, Montalbo and Calvin Oftana each had 16 markers.
Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 28 points, while Scottie Thompson had 22.
TNT (116) – Hollis-Jefferson 36, Castro 17, M. Williams 16, Oftana 16, Montalbo 16, Khobuntin 8, Erram 2, K. Williams 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Varilla 1, Tungcab 0, Marcelo 0.
GINEBRA (104)– Brownlee 28, Thompson 22, Malonzo 17, Pringle 10, Standhardinger 10, Pessumal 10, Mariano 3, David 2, J.Aguilar 2, Onwubere 0, Gray 0, Pinto 0, R.Aguilar 0.
QUARTERS: 29-23, 59-41, 95-77, 116-104.