Anthony Semerad unloaded his best game yet in a TNT uniform as his fourth quarter explosion stunned Brgy. Ginebra in Game 2, 107-103, giving Katropa a commanding 2-0 lead in their semifinals series on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
- Furious fourth: After going for 0-of-5 from the rainbow arc in the first three quarters, Semerad dazzled in the final canto, drilling 4 triples in different areas under the last 5 minutes to push the top-seed Gin Kings at the brink of eliminations.
- Accidental dagger: Leading by 2 in the dying seconds, Jayson Castro pulled up for a potential dagger three but his attempt was way too short. Good thing, the hulking Joshua Smith was exactly were the ball landed and easily put it back to crush any hopes of Ginebra fightback.
- Balanced scoring: The Katropa played a well-balanced game as their bench also chipped in big 51 points to inch closer from returning to the Finals.
- Retro gimmick goes pfft: Donning a 1996 classic jersey, Brgy. Ginebra was on their way on solving the TNT puzzle as Smith was held down to just 16 points after putting up 35 in Game 1. Unfortunately, Semerad happened and versatile forward Joe Devance did not take a wide open three to retake the lead in their last-gasp comeback attempt. LA Tenorio and import Justin Brownlee put up 22 each in a losing effort.
- Time for never-say-die: After topping the standings at the end of eliminations, Brgy. Ginebra now find themselves with their back against the wall, needing to win three straight games starting on Thursday at Araneta Coliseum.
- Quote of the match: “It’s a surprise because it’s Ginebra. You don’t get this kind of advantage (usually) against them.” – TNT head coach Nash Racela
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