PBA: Hollis-Jefferson powers TNT past Meralco


Posted at Mar 24 2023 08:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 24 2023 11:19 PM

(UPDATED) Talk 'N Text buried Meralco 110-80 to take a 1-0 series lead in their best-of-5 semifinals in the PBA Governors' Cup on Friday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tallied another triple double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as he led the Tropang GIGA to a wire-to-wire victory against the Bolts.

RR Pogoy rifled in 21 markers built on 5-of-8 three-pointers.

It was a blowout win for TNT, but coach Jojo Lastimosa warned his wards that the Bolts may come back hard in Game 2.

"(Coach Norman Black has) been there for a long time, he's won a lot and he knows how to adjust in this kind of situation," said Lastimosa of his Meralco counterpart.

Calvin Oftana, Mikey Williams and Jayson Castro scored at least 12 points each.

Lastimosa said they came in to match the Bolts' intensity, energy, and effort.

"I was just surprised that it looked like Meralco was lacking a bit of energy maybe because they came off an emotional victory and maybe they a little bit on a high, and there's a lot of reason," he said.

Meralco came out flat, with not a single player finishing with more than 12.

KJ McDaniels led the Bolts with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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