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In-form Tropang Giga maul Hotshots for dominant Game 1 win

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In-form Tropang Giga maul Hotshots for dominant Game 1 win
TNT rookie Mikey Williams caught fire and rifled in a game-high 21 highlighted by a 5-of-6 3-point marksmanship with 10 rebounds and five assists.
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Game Friday (DHVSU Gym, Bacolor)
6 p.m. – TNT Tropang Giga vs Magnolia (TNT leads series, 1-0)

MANILA, Philippines – With a mighty show of force, TNT struck the first blow against Magnolia.

The in-form Tropang Giga pounded the Hotshots on both ends relentlessly to take Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup finals with plenty to spare, 88-70, Wednesday night in Bacolor, Pampanga.

As if picking up from their semis closeout romp against San Miguel Beer, the Tropang Giga overwhelmed Hotshots with an early barrage to seize an initial 20-2 tear. With a combo of stifling defense and good shooting, the troops of coach Chot Reyes further stretched their lead to as high as 22 in the second (43-21) and 32 (73-41) in the third.

“Our entire objective coming in was to make sure we execute our game plan both offensively and defensively. But I thought the most important thing was to match their effort,” said Reyes.

“Magnolia really comes with a lot of energy and effort so our focus was to match that and we’re able to do that tonight,” added Reyes, whose team will gun for a 2-nil lead in the race-to-four contest Friday.

Rookie Mikey Williams caught fire and rifled in a game-high 21 highlighted by a 5-of-6 3-point marksmanship with 10 rebounds and five assists. Poy Erram chipped in 14 and Kelly Williams added 10 in a match where RR Pogoy and Castro didn’t need to score much. Pogoy finished with seven while Castro only netted a single point.

TNT made Magnolia bleed for points as the latter went 20-of-73 (27.39%) all game en route to a conference-low total output of 70 points. Magnolia’s dismal shooting percengate is actually the third lowest in franchise history (26.6%, 21/79, 60-88 loss to Alaska, in May 2008; 27.3%, 24/88, 76-82 loss to RoS, in December 2008).

The Hotshots’ Big 3 of Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang and Calvin Abueva coughed up 12, 11 and five, respectively.

The Tropang Giga set the tone for the runaway triumph with a dominant opening period, where they held the Hotshots to only 14 markers on a woeful 4-of-20 field goal shooting.

The scores

TNT 88 – M. Williams 21, Erram 14, K. Williams 10, Rosario 8, Montalbo 7, Pogoy 7, Mendoza 6, Khobuntin 5, Marcelo 4, Reyes 3, Alejandro 2, Castro 1, Heruela 0, Javier 0 Exciminiano 0.

Magnolia 70 – Corpuz 12, Lee 12, Abueva 11, Dela Rosa 7, Ahanmisi 5, Sangalang 5, De Leon 4, Barroca 4, Capobres 4, Jalalon 3, Pascual 2, Brill 1, Melton 0, Reavis 0.

Quarterscores: 24-14, 53-34, 74-48, 88-70.

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