TNT looks to secure a spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as it goes for a sweep of Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The tiff between the KaTropa and the Gin Kings is slated at 7 p.m.
The KaTropa romped to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series after beating the Gin Kings, 88-71, last Sunday.
With the Gin Kings on the brink of elimination, Ginebra import Justin Brownlee will lean on its never-say-die attitude to extend the series.
“To be honest, it’s having that never-say-die type of attitude,” said Brownlee. “I know coach will definitely go make some adjustments with us down 0-2. Approach the game with a never-say-die attitude.”
Brownlee actually had good numbers for Ginebra with 25 points and 13 rebounds in Game Two. Sorely missing, however, was Stanley Pringle, who was limited to only two points.
The Kings also struggled from threes in Game Two, hitting only five of their 23 shots from downtown.
On the other hand, the KaTropa were just on fire, hitting 16 threes with RR Pogoy nailing six triples.
TNT coach Bong Ravena expects Barangay Ginebra to come out firing.
“They will really, really come out strong with their backs against the wall. Ineexpect namin ‘yun. Paghahandaan namin. Nothing to celebrate,” said Ravena.
TNT consultant Mark Dickel agrees.
“I know Ginebra is a proud team, and they didn't have their best game (in Game Two). And I know that their best game is coming in Game Three. By no means is there time to celebrate. We’ve got to come ready,” said Dickel.