TNT beat San Miguel Beer 114-109 on Wednesday to grab the No. 3 seed and the twice-to-beat advantage in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals.
On the last day of the elimination round, KJ McDaniels led the way for TNT at Ynares Center in Antipolo with 44 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to give the KaTropa their eighth win in 11 games.
TNT thus tied sister teams NLEX and Meralco, which finished 1-2 in the team standings, respectively, because of superior quotients.
The win meant TNT will face No. 6 Magnolia, while San Miguel (6-5) fell to fifth place and arranged a playoff meeting with No. 4 Barangay Ginebra (7-4), a matchup in which the latter owns a twice-to-beat bonus.
TNT led by as many as 18 points, but San Miguel rallied to come within to 110-109 following June Mar Fajardo's free throw with 17 seconds remaining.
Fajardo split his second charity and tried to score on a follow up but muffed his shot.
McDaniels then knocked down a pair of free throws for TNT before blocking a 3-point attempt by John Holland to secure the win.
Holland led San Miguel with 25 points, as the Beermen played without Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid who were suspended by team management for fighting during practice.
Dez Wells was also involved in the scuffle, but he left the country after the incident.
In the other game, Alaska reached the quarterfinals by routing NLEX 106-90.
Frank House scored 18 of his 24 points to go with 8 rebounds and six assists while 5 other Aces contributed at least 10 points each in posting their fourth straight win.
With the victory, Alaska (5-6) secured the No. 7 seed and a date with Meralco, while NLEX faces eighth-seeded NorthPort.
The PBA takes a break for the Southeast Asian Games before the playoffs begin.
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