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    Terrence Jones puts up monster numbers as TNT rips San Miguel for 2-1 lead

    Aug 9, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    TNT leaned on a huge second-quarter run to beat San Miguel, 115-105, on Friday night and gain a 2-1 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Terrence Jones finished with with 37 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, and five blocks as the KaTropa bounced back from a two-point double overtime loss to the Beermen in a Game Two where the TNT import was ejected.

    Jones had 15 points in a ruthless 24-0 run in the second quarter that put the KaTropa up, 43-36, after trailing, 36-19, early in the period. The KaTropa ended up outscoring the Beermen, 37-17, in the second period to take control for good.

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    RR Pogoy added 29 points for the KaTropa, who can take a 3-1 lead when Game Four is played on Sunday, also at the Big Dome.

    Pogoy came to the rescue after TNT’s lead was cut to three points, 88-85. The Cebuano gunner followed a Don Trollano three with a triple of his own before capping a 12-0 run with another long bomb as TNT regained control, 100-85.

    Game Three was not without color after Jones was called for a flagrant foul penalty one for headbutting Chris Ross with 5:51 left in the first quarter.

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    Jones sat out for three mandatory minutes but kept his cool upon his return to lead the charge in the second quarter when the KaTropa wiped out a 17-point San Miguel lead and ended up leading by 55-50 at halftime.

    Chris McCullough and June Mar Fajardo had 27 points and 13 rebounds each for the Beermen.

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      The scores:

      TNT 115 - Jones 37, Pogoy 29, Trollano 18, Castro 14, Rosario 13, Heruela 4, Carey 0, Golla 0, Washington 0, Casino 0, Taha 0, D. Semerad 0.

      San Miguel 105 - McCullough 27, Fajardo 27, Romeo 13, Pessumal 12, Santos 10, Standhardinger 8, Ross 5, Cabagnot 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.

      Quarters: 18-33; 55-50; 86-78; 115-105.

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