Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

TNT defenders swarm Meralco import KJ McDaniels. –PBA IMAGES

ANTIPOLO CITY — Coach Jojo Lastimosa lauded TNT for the best way it was capable of restrict Meralco’s offense in Sport 1 of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal collection on Friday.

Billed as a matchup between their offense towards the Bolts’ protection, the Tropang Giga succeeded on each ends of the ground and took a 110-80 victory to achieve a headstart within the best-of-five affair at Ynares Middle right here.

“We all know Meralco is a really hardworking group and no one can outwork them. And if we will match their vitality and depth, we needs to be okay,” Lastimosa mentioned.

“I do know we will rating and we will get some factors all over the place, however the concern is that we will match up with their protection,” he added.

TNT raced to a 31-19 lead on the finish of the primary quarter, not solely attributable to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s all-around contributions but in addition limiting Meralco to simply 33 p.c from the sphere.

The Tropang Giga confirmed no letdown and the lead slowly elevated till the top.

“Within the first half, (Meralco) shot 36 p.c and I used to be stunned as a result of that was a reasonably good defensive job as a result of we surrendered about 46 p.c within the eliminations,” mentioned Lastimosa.

Lastimosa additionally thought that Meralco got here in with weary our bodies because it needed to undergo a troublesome time beyond regulation encounter with Magnolia final Wednesday at Good Araneta Coliseum to make it to the Remaining 4.

“It seems to be like Meralco’s missing just a little little bit of vitality and it was perhaps an emotional victory for them and perhaps they’re in just a little little bit of excessive so there’s lots of cause,” the TNT mentor noticed, including that he expects Meralco coach Norman Black to make important changes in Sport 2 on Sunday.

“He is aware of find out how to modify in this sort of state of affairs.”

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