PBA: TNT crushes San Miguel in wire-to-wire win

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Posted at Oct 08 2021 08:17 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2021 11:13 PM

TNT Tropang GIGA via PBA website
TNT Tropang GIGA now enjoys a 2-1 series lead over SMB. Photo from the PBA website

TNT Tropang GIGA took a 2-1 series lead with a 115-98 demolition of San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel on Friday at Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Poy Erram led the Texters' strong start, hitting three triples to finish with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Roger Pogoy, meanwhile, topscored with 26 points for TNT which also got 20 markers from Mikey Williams.

"We just talked about playing 48 minutes because in the first two games, we got beat in the fourth quarter. And everyone responded," said TNT coach Chot Reyes.

All of their starters finished with double figures as Troy Rosario tallied 14 points to go with his seven boards while Kib Montalbo fired 11 markers with two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Texters were never threatened by the Beermen, and led by as much as 25 points.

Terrence Romeo led San Miguel with 22 points in a losing effort.

June Mar Fajardo had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Box scores:

TNT 115 - Pogoy 26, Erram 21, M. Williams 20, Rosario 14, Montalbo 11, Castro 9, Khobuntin 4, Heruela 4, Reyes 2, Marcelo 2, Mendoza 2, Exciminiano 0, Alejandro 0, Williams 0, Javier 0.

SMB 98 - Romeo 22, Fajardo 14, Perez 14, Cabagnot 12, Tautuaa 11, Santos 9, Pessumal 5, Ross 3, Lassiter 3, Gamalinda 3, Zamar 2, Gotladera 0, Comboy 0, Sena 0.

Quarters: 29-20, 54-42, 85-68, 115-98.