TNT is in a very bad spot heading into Game 5 of the Finals of the 2020 Philippine Cup.
Aside from being one loss away from once again coming up short in the Finals, the Tropang Giga might not have the services of Ray Parks and quite possibly Jayson Castro.
However, despite the absence of the two crucial pieces of the “Super Team” that is TNT, there are still pieces that can do the job if they would step up and play big in Game 5 to keep their title dreams alive.
RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Poy Erram would have to play big in order to topple the streaking Barangay Ginebra.
In Game 4 of the series, the Tropang Giga lost to the Kings, 98-88.
In a game where TNT was behind for almost the whole game, it was the trio who carried the load to get the game tighter.
Pogoy scored 34 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals. He also had one of the best duels with LA Tenorio as they tried to cut to the lead.
Erram had a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds along with two blocks while Rosario finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Now heading into Game 5, with the series on the line, this young trio would have to pull off something big to keep the dream to snap the five-year title drought alive.
Pogoy have been undoubtedly the best player in the series since Parks went down after Game 1. For the series he’s been averaging 27.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.2 steals while shooting 45.5% in the field.
He’s been proving himself capable of being the go-to-guy on the team. In Game 2, he exploded for 38 points in 59% shooting at the field and 5-9 shooting from the three-point line but in the closing moments of the game, it was Castro, who only had 13 points and shot 5-14 at the field.
TNT lost that game by a hair, 90-92.
Erram has been a big piece for the Tropang Giga as well in this series. He’s averaging a double-double with 13.0 points and 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Although, he hasn’t been putting up big numbers in scoring, he’s been very productive on both ends of the floor.
Unfortunately, this cannot be said for Rosario as he’s been disappointing this season and, in this series, he hasn’t been the star that we expect him to be.
Rosario is only averaging 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and shooting only 49.0% in the field. He’s been an after thought all season long but in a series where Parks and Castro is down, he is one of the guys expected to be one of the leaders on the team.
These three guys would have to step up in order to pull off an almost perfect performance to stop the steaking Kings and extend the series to Game 6 but the question is can these young and inexperienced stars pull it off?
That will be answered tomorrow as Game 5 begins 6:00 p.m.
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