THERE’S little that can stop TNT Katropa when the powerhouse club is connecting from all angles.
Meralco found that out after seeing the Texters shoot the lights out while keeping up the pressure from inside in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal matchup.
After losing by just three points to the Texters in their elimination-round meeting, the Bolts surrendered a 113-95 blowout decision to TNT in the lopsided opener of the best-of-five series.
“We had a difficult time stopping their penetration, we had a difficult time stopping their three-point shooting, you try to pick your poison on what are going to defend but when TNT is playing like that, it’s really difficult,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.
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The Bolts’ defense looked helpless as it allowed the Texters to make 15 of their 30 three-point shots and a 40-of-84 clip for a solid 48 percent from the field overall.
“It’s just you don’t want to do a scoring game with TNT because they can outscore every team in the league,” Black said. “What we really want to do is run when we have the opportunities and slow it down which we did not.”
“But I don’t think it’s not too much to do with the pace of the game, it’s more of their ability to hit outside shots,” he was quick to add. “They just shot the ball very well and when any team shoots like that, they have a good chance of winning.”
Black wasn’t event satisfied with their defense on Jayson Castro, who was held to just 14 points on a woeful 3-of-15 shooting after dropping 42 points against Phoenix in the quarterfinals.
“We did what we can to stop him today, we trapped him, we went under and over, we went switch him, we went zone, but nothing really works,” Black said. “We tried everything we could come up today.”