PBA: TNT ends 6-year title drought with Game 5 thrashing of Magnolia


Posted at Oct 29 2021 08:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2021 04:42 AM

PBA: TNT ends 6-year title drought with Game 5 thrashing of Magnolia

(2nd UPDATE) Talk 'N Text overpowered Magnolia on Friday night, 94-79, to end their duel and claim the PBA Philippine Cup title at the Don Honorio Ventura State University.

It was a sweet victory for coach Chot Reyes and his wards who ended a six-year title drought for the Tropang GIGA by sealing the best-of-seven title series against Magnolia, 4-1.

Mikey Williams and RR Pogoy made much of the damage against the Hotshots, scoring 24 and 19 points, respectively.

Williams put on a shooting display, going 8-of-20 from the field and draining four triples.

After initially figuring in a tight match in the onset of the first quarter, TNT smothered Magnolia to take a 47-33 lead going to the second half.

Ian Sangalang and Best Player of the Conference Calvin Abueva tried to rally the Hotshots in the second half but they failed to get any closer than 15 points against the methodical Texters.

TNT led by as much as 25 points and by the last two minutes, it was already clear who was taking home the title.

Jayson Castro had 10 points for the Texters, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario scored nine points each.

Sangalang led the way for Magnolia with 18 markers. Abueva added 14.

Paul Lee, who was nursing a bad shoulder, settled for seven points.

"I have to give this award really to the players. They really really put in the effort and stayed together through the adversity," said Reyes, who came back in this season's Philippine Cup after being away for years. "This is a great reward for all their hardships."

"To the fans maraming maraming salamat po, although we can't see you we can feel you... As much as we want to savor this we are looking forward on to the next and hope we can compete well again."

It was TNT's eighth championship overall and sixth in the all-Filipino after previously winning it in seasons 2003, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13.

It was Reyes' eighth PBA title and sixth in the Philippine Cup.