BRIAN Heruela was one of the unsung heroes of TNT’s Game Two victory over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Heruela had 11 points including eight in the fourth quarter in 25 minutes of play to help the KaTropa beat the Kings on Sunday, 88-71, to give his team the 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five affair.
The TNT reserve guard is also being hailed by a few observers for his defense including that on Stanley Pringle, who only scored two points, shot 1 of 9 from the field, and committed six turnovers.
Heruela though said they are still hoping to put more defensive pressure on Pringle since he believes the explosive Ginebra scorer had an off-night.
“We are just glad because he is a tough player. We are just glad that he was missing shots and that’s big. Hopefully, we can contain him next game because he is very hard to cover,” said Heruela.
Heruela also did it on offense as he hits three three-point shots including two in the fourth that increased TNT’s gap with Barangay Ginebra. In total, TNT had 16 threes compared to only five for Barangay Ginebra.
“We are just glad that we are hitting shots the whole game. We just stuck with our rules defensively and offensively. We are thankful that it worked out,” said Heruela.
The TNT guard said sustaining their energy for Game Three will be a critical point for the KaTropa as they are expecting the Kings to give their all in an elimination game after the off-night.
“Hopefully, we can carry that in the next game. They are a tough team to beat. Hopefully, we can come out with the same energy or even more energy. We hope to maintain our intensity and knock down our shots,” Heruela said.