Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Beermen, Tropang Giga collide in explosive Game 3

BEERMEN eye back-to-back victory against TNT. — PBA MEDIA

Game today(MOA Arena)5:45 p.m. — SMB vs TNT*Series tied, 1-1

BACK-to-back or fightback?

San Miguel Beer (SMB) and titleholder TNT wage a fierce battle for the upperhand tonight in a deadlocked PBA Philippine Cup title duel that’s been true to form in terms of intensity and competitiveness through two matches.

The Tropang Giga rallied from 15 points down to wrest the opener, 86-84, leaning on Jayson Castro’s jumper at the death to pull through last Sunday. Then the former All-Filipino royalty Beermen, unleashing a strong finishing kick, countered with a 109-100 victory last Wednesday.

This makes the 5:45 p.m. Game 3 at the MOA Arena an explosive dispute for the driver’s seat in a series that’s been transformed into a virtual race-to-three affair from hereon.

“TNT is really a strong team. Well-oiled sila, well-coached, they know how to run their plays because they’ve been playing together for so long, including the national team,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.

TNT tries to rebound and regain control in time for coach Chot Reyes’ return from his Lebanon trip with Gilas Pilipinas.

“The team’s mindset is to learn from the Game 2 loss and make our own adjustments and get ready for a tough Game 3,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, who is manning the fort together with Yuri Escueta for the second straight game without Mr. Reyes.

One big source of concern for the Tropang Giga, though, is the condition of gunner Mikey Williams, who hurt his leg in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game and limped with seven points.

“Hopefully, Mikey (Williams) will be good to go. We still don’t know as of now,” said Mr. Arespacochaga.

Banged-up and all, Mr. Williams is determined to plunge into action.

“I’ll be ready for Game 3,” he said after the second game. “I will do whatever I have to do. If it’s a cryo chamber or an ice batch, I’ll figure out a way to get better.”

RR Pogoy has been on fire for TNT with Mr. Williams the primary target of SMB’s offense. The Cebuano sniper averages 27 markers in the series.

For San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo has been a rock. And if backup bigs Vic Manuel and Mo Tautuaa get in the mix just like in Game 2, that makes for an almost unstoppable force inside for the Beermen.

Messrs. Manuel and Tautuaa combined for 31 points and eight boards and sparked SMB’s breakaway at the start of the fourth.

Then there’s SMB’s veteran guard Chris Ross, who dished out 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds to go with his four-point outing in their series-tying win.

“Chris Ross is distributing the ball very well,” said Mr. Austria. — Olmin Leyba

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global...


Buildings are seen along EDSA in Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN By Diego Gabriel C. Robles  THE WORLD BANK (WB) upgraded...


Heavy traffic is seen on the southbound lane of EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN THE PHILIPPINE auto industry’s...


REUTERS THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) may deliver a second off-cycle rate hike in early November when the US Federal Reserve is expected...


Vendors arrange their goods at a public market in Manila. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ RUSSEL A. PALMA THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) is planning to...

Editor’s Pick

With the reversal of the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions happening on the 6th of November, employers across the nation have an opportunity...

You May Also Like


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.