(UPDATED) TNT Tropang GIGA moved a step closer to the PBA Philippine Cup title by dominating the Magnolia Hotshots, 106-89, in Game 4 of their best-of-seven finals series at the Don Honorio Ventura State U Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Wednesday.
The Texters used a huge second quarter barrage to pull away from the Hotshots.
Birthday boy Mikey Williams paced TNT with 26 markers including six treys, while Jayson Castro added 12.
Ryan Reyes also had an impressive game for the Texters with 10 points to go with his four steals.
From a 24-all deadlock, the Texters took advantage of the Hotshots' poor shooting in the second quarter to claim a 57-39 halftime advantage.
TNT was also motivated by the presence of Troy Rosario, who insisted on playing despite sustaining a broken finger and bad back following a nasty fall in Game 3.
"Shout out to Troy. He should not be playing. The reason we played him was for inspirational purposes. You see he couldn't even catch the ball, but he wanted to try to play. The message of courage rubbed off on to his teammates," said TNT coach Chot Reyes.
"It's a great heart shown by Troy, then everything followed," added Reyes.
The victory ruined Calvin Abueva's day, as the "Beast" was chosen as the Best Player of the Conference.
Abueva had 28 points for Magnolia.
TT now has three chances to take the crown at Magnolia's expense starting Friday.
TNT 106 - M. Williams 26, Castro 12, Reyes10, Marcelo 10, Erram 9, Heruela 9, Pogoy 9, Montalbo 8, K. Williams 6, Rosario 5, Khobuntin 2, Exciminiano 0, Alejandro 0, Javier 0, Mendoza 0.
Magnolia 89 - Abueva 28, Sangalang 17, Lee 15, Barroca 13, Dela Rosa 11, Reavis 3, Jalalon 2, Brill 0, Corpuz 0, Melton 0, Ahanmisi 0, De Leon 0, Capobres 0, Pascual 0.
Quarters:24-24, 57-39, 82-67, 106-89.