PBA: TNT’s advice to Terrence Jones? Don’t let SMB get under your skin

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2019 09:57 PM

TNT coach Bong Ravena said Terrence Jones must be more composed, as San Miguel Beer tries to play Jones more physically and get into his head.

Chris Ross and Christian Standhardinger have alternately taken on Jones in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup finals, employing tactics that they hope would get Jones' goat.

In Game 3 on Friday, Jones had several run-ins with Ross and Standhardinger, which appeared to take Jones out of his game.

Jones hit the bench in the first quarter when he was called for a flagrant foul after headbutting Ross as a reaction to the taunting.

"We consistently talk to him before and during the game because alam naman namin na iyan ang gagawin sa kanya," Ravena said in an interview on DZMM's "Fastbreak" on Saturday.

"So kailangan talaga 'yung patience at presence of mind niya mauna bago siya mag-react. Kelangan he keeps his composure. 'Wag siyang mag-react sa mga gagawin sa kanya, you just play ball. Iyon ang sinasabi namin sa kanya."

Despite a bad start, Jones finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 blocks to tow the KaTropa to a 115-105 win over the Beermen on Friday, giving TNT a 2-1 series lead.

"Even the locals like Jayson (Castro) and Roger (Pogoy), in-encourage siya to be smart 'pag may nangyari sa kanyang ganyan kasi we need him e," Ravena said.

"Importante d'yan is ipa-feel mo sa kanya (na) 'pag wala ka matatalo kami. You have to be smarter than that and don't react."

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