Defending champion Talk 'N Text Tropang GIGA is returning to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after cruising to a 116-92 domination of Converge on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
The Texters came into the game with a twice-to-beat advantage, having finished in second place after the elimination round.
Mikey Williams poured in 22 of his 26 points in a massive second quarter to post a 70-42 halftime advantage against the FiberXers
TNT coach Chot Reyes and his wards did not leave anything to chance and decided to finish the series in one go.
Reyes said that prior to the game, he told his team the story of his late cousin, who recently passed away.
"While I was in Jakarta, she passed away. But she was able to give birth to a baby boy," he said. "I pay tribute to my dear baby cousin Pia."
"I told the story to the players before the game to remind them this life we have is very short and we should take advantage of the opportunity. Not take anything for granted that accounted to the margin we have built and obtained."
TNT led by as much as 33 points.
Tyru Hill paced Converge with 18, while Mike DiGregorio added 15.
The Texters will face either Magnolia or NLEX in the best-of-7 semifinal series.
TNT 116 – M.Williams 26, Rosario 18, Pogoy 16, Castro 15, K.Williams 10, Montalbo 9, Erram 7, Tungcab 5, Banal 5, Khobuntin 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Marcelo 0, Alejandro 0, Cruz 0
CONVERGE 95 – Hill 18, DiGregorio 15, Murrell 11, Tratter 10, Ahanmisi 10, Arana 8, Racal 5, Tolomia 5, Adamos 4, Stockton 3, Ambohot 3, Ilagan 2, Bulanadi 2, Browne 0
Quarters: 30-20, 70-42, 97-67, 116-95
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