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    Despite offensive improvement, Mychal Ammons won't stop deferring to local TNT gunners

    Sep 19, 2016
    Mychal Ammons puts the exclamation point to a resounding TNT victory. Jaime Campos

    BIÑAN – Mychal Ammons refused to read much into TNT Katropa’s 104-92 victory over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night.

    The Texters engaged a fellow resurgent team in the Gin Kings early on before pulling away down the stretch to grab the top seeding in the quarterfinals.

    “It’s like any other win,” Ammons said. “We approach every game with the same type of urgency.”

    “We can’t get too confident,” he added. “In this league, anything can happen, so we just got to keep working hard and prepare for the next game.”

    Ammons’ hard work is starting to pay off, particularly on his offensive game. Coming in averaging just 15.3 points, the TNT workhorse put up a conference-high 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting against the Gin Kings, on top of his usual rebounding numbers with 16 boards, one steal, and one assist in 34 minutes.

    “A lot of coaches have been working with me,” Ammons admitted. “Every day at practice, I’ve been putting a lot of work, it’s finally showing, keep grinding and sticking to what I do best.”

    [See TNT deals resurgent Ginebra a reality check with resounding victory]

    But for the Texters to sustain their success, Ammons believes he has to keep deferring to gunners Jayson Castro, Mike Madanly, and Larry Fonacier, who all scored in twin digits against the Gin Kings.

    “I feel like we always stick with our guns, we have a lot of weapons in this team,” Ammons said. “We just keep rolling and everybody's doing their jobs and running, we are a pretty tough team to beat.”

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    The Texters are now facing the winner of the do-or-die playoff between Rain or Shine and Phoenix for the last spot.

    “We got to prepare for them,” Ammons said of whoever they face. “Don’t take them lightly and go hard in practice. Preparation is key for every game. We gotta keep working hard and trust the coaches.”

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    Mychal Ammons puts the exclamation point to a resounding TNT victory. Jaime Campos
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