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    Mikey Williams braces for battle vs Barroca, Jalalon in finals

    Oct 20, 2021
    Against Magnolia in the elimination round, Mikey Williams scored 14 points on 5 of 15 shooting, including 1 for 7 from beyond the arc.
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    AFTER battling with Chris Ross, TNT rookie Mikey Williams is now bracing for another tough match against Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup finals.

    Williams previously said that aside from Ross, he considers Barroca and Jalalon are tough matchups for him.

    “I know it’s going to be another challenge ahead,” said Williams ahead of Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup finals beginning on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym. “They are both very really good defenders and they put a lot of pressure on teams.”

    Williams is averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists entering his first finals series of his PBA career. In Game Seven, he erupted for 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while also burying three three-pointers in TNT’s 97-79 win over San Miguel.

    Mikey Williams' top defendersMikey Williams was limited to single digit scores in two of seven games against San Miguel in the semifinals.

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    The rookie did had have problems against Ross, limited to single-digit scoring in two of the seven games against San Miguel in the semifinals.

    Now, it will be against Barroca and Jalalon, two of Magnolia's top defenders. Williams said TNT must overcome Magnolia’s press in order to have a chance in the series.

    Incidentally, in their lone match against Magnolia last September 5, Williams had 14 points and shot 5 of 15 from the field including 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.

    “It’s trying to manage and figure out ways to beat their press. I know they are going to be pesky and up in our face. If we manage and control that and figure out ways to neutralized that, I think we will be fine,” said Williams.

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    Against Magnolia in the elimination round, Mikey Williams scored 14 points on 5 of 15 shooting, including 1 for 7 from beyond the arc.
    PHOTO: PBA Images
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