MIKEY Williams finally hit his stride on offense on Friday, scoring 20 points in TNT’s Game 3 win over San Miguel in their 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.
Far from his usual form at least on the offensive end the first two games of the playoffs, Williams rediscovered his touch and his team-high four treys were a welcome sight for TNT in the 115-98 win over the Beermen.
Williams only had seven and 12 the past two games. While Williams can beat opponents in other ways, TNT coach Chot Reyes said the Fil-Am rookie hitting the three ball will be very vital to TNT’s chances of beating San Miguel in the series.
“You saw with the result. If we are making our outside shots, I think we give ourselves a much better chance [against SMB]. If we are missing our outside shots, that’s what you’ll see, the first two games,” said Reyes.
TNT actually didn’t shoot that poorly in the first two games on 8-of-36 and 10-of-36 clips from downtown, respectively, but the Tropang Giga did get a lot better on Friday when they collectively shot 13-of-35.
Williams shot just 1-of-6 and 1-of-8 in each of the first two games. On Friday, Williams took more three-point attempts with 12 but made more.
Tough SMB defense
Reyes said San Miguel’s defense has been forcing Williams & Co. to miss shots in the past two games.
“San Miguel is a very tough defensive team, man for man. They have elite defenders in Chris Ross and Marcio (Lassiter), not to mention their bigs, they are very good defenders. We really have to find ways to hit our outside shots,” said Reyes.
Moving forward, Reyes hopes that the outside shooting of TNT would carry over into the rest of the series.
“It’s not only a matter of us making it but their defense is making us miss shots. But I think tonight, we were able to make a little bit more of our outside shots. That’s the difference the past two games,” said Reyes.
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