Roger Pogoy scored a game-high 34 points, and TNT Tropang Giga turned their performance up a notch in the third quarter to beat Alaska 104-83 on Saturday and advance to the semifinals of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
Ray Parks Jr. added 20 points at AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City, Pampanga, and he and Pogoy combined for 10 3-pointers for Tropang Giga, who now wait for the winner between Magnolia and Phoenix.
"It's all about defense. As much as possible, we don't want to break down on defense," said TNT head coach Bong Ravena.
The game was marred with a gruesome injury when Alaska guard Abel Galliguez fell hard on the floor when he challenged Parks on a drive in the fourth quarter, with TNT up big.
He laid on his back for several minutes as team and medical staff check on him, before he was stretchered out of the building and taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the Tropang Giga stepped up on defense in the second half leading to their 33-15 breakaway in the third quarter.
The Aces never recovered after that.
Pogoy went 6-of-10 from the 3-point area to go with his 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Parks kept the Tropang Giga afloat, scoring most of his 20 points in the first half. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.
Jayson Castro contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds.
"We managed to do what we wanted to do. It's tough but we pulled through," said Ravena.
In other quarterfinals tussles, Barangay Ginebra has advanced to the next round after ousting Rain Or Shine, while San Miguel Beer and Meralco will play a do-or-die on Sunday.