PBA: ‘Nanalo pa rin’ — Coach Ravena downplays Jones’ low-scoring game

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2019 04:24 PM

TNT's Terrence Jones showed his playmaking skills by dishing out a personal-best 16 assists in a win against Ginebra on Wednesday. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines—Terrence Jones showed a more well-rounded game on Wednesday, when he put up a triple-double in TNT's impressive 104-96 win over Barangay Ginebra in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Jones has been extremely prolific for TNT, averaging 34.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game for the KaTropa. Against Ginebra, however, he was limited to just 17 points after making 6 of his 18 shots.

Yet his coaches and teammates had no problem, as Jones also grabbed 14 boards and dished out a whopping 16 assists in the game, while committing just 2 turnovers in 43 minutes. The prime beneficiary of his dimes was Roger Pogoy, who drained 10 triples en route to a career-best 38-point effort.

"He (Jones) can create shots for others, especially Roger," said TNT coach Bong Ravena after their game. "He made a lot of isolation kickouts, so we didn't mind 'yung scoring niya." 

"Andoon pa rin naman siya," he added.

Ravena was admittedly surprised by Jones' low-scoring output, especially after watching the former NBA player regularly put up 30- and 40-point games.

"But we still won," the coach quickly added. "Nanalo pa rin, so 'yun pa rin ang importante."

However, Ravena also hopes that Jones would learn to keep his cool, after the import was slapped with a Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 in the third quarter for a hit on Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio.

Jones had to sit on the bench for three basketball minutes, though the import later explained that he was only trying to be more aggressive, especially after he got hit by Tenorio in the stomach during a previous play.

"Importante lang, he has to stay in the game, he has to learn the PBA game, keep his cool," Ravena said of Jones.

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