Terrence Jones lives up to lofty expectations in TNT debut

‘He’s the best 2-way basketball player in the NBA’ – Lowry on Leonard ahead of game 6

Once a vital clog in the Houston Rockets roster, Terrence Jones came in as the most high-profiled reinforcement in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

All eyes were on the 27-year-old forward on Wednesday night, as he completed a rousing PBA debut, leading the TNT Katropa to a 102-87 rout of the NLEX Road Warriors.

Jones tallied a complete game of 41 points and 14 big rebounds to go along with four assists and two blocked shots. The lefty banger would have probably broken the 50-point mark, but TNT built a sizeable lead that he was able to call it a night with 5:11 still remaining in the game.

The 6’9 forward quickly shook off the cobwebs of his unfamiliarity with the Philippine basketball scene, as he raced to 23 points after the first 24 minutes. Using his strength and soft touch underneath, Jones bullied his defenders early and often and connected most of his attempts in the interior.

He made 17 of his game-high 33 total field goal attempts (48 percent), but struggled to hit the long ball, going 1-of-7 for 14 percent. Jones’ troubles in the charity stripe also carried on in his PBA debut, going 8-for-19 for 42 percent. His shooting average will likely go up in the coming games once gets familiarized with the league’s playing courts.

It’s still quite early to tell, but it looks like the Katropa might just be this conference’s dark horse team — especially if Jones can keep up the performance he put on last night. It’s about time that the MVP-backed squad return to its dominant ways, and Jones might just be the guy to bring them back at the top of the heap.

(Image from PBA Media Group)

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