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Terrence Jones, TNT unseat Ginebra, advance to Commissioner's Cup finals

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Jones, KaTropa dethrone the Kings (2:43)

Terrance Jones and TNT KaTropa broke free in the second half to dethrone Barangay Ginebra 103-92 to advance to theĀ PBA Finals. (2:43)

The TNT KaTropa earned the first finals seat in the PBA Commissioner's Cup after notching a 103-92 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings in Game 4 of the semifinals Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

TNT used a second-half surge to eliminate the defending champions and prevail 3-1 in the best-of-five series.

Terrence Jones got his fifth triple-double as he unleashed 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the victory.

Troy Rosario shot an efficient 10-of-13 from the field to finish with 22 points alongside 11 rebounds, while Jayson Castro also played a key role with 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

The Kings waxed hot from the 3-point range early with Joe Devance and Stanley Pringle leading the way. Three straight outside shots to open the second quarter allowed them to build a seven-point advantage but the KaTropa caught up by aggressively attacking the paint.

RR Pogoy exploded for 14 points in the third quarter including back-to-back jumpers that swung the momentum to TNT's side. Clamping down on defense, the KaTropa's lead reached double-digits midway through the final frame.

Castro beat the shot clock buzzer with an off-the-glass 3 then Yousef Taha and Rosario hit consecutive baskets to cap off a 9-0 run that made it a 17-point ballgame with 2:43 left. Japeth Aguilar responded with six unanswered points but the Kings no longer had enough time to launch a comeback.

Aguilar and Justin Brownlee paced Ginebra in the loss with 27 points and nine rebounds each.

THE SCORES

  • TNT 103 - Jones 24, Rosario 22, Castro 20, Pogoy 14, Heruela 9, Reyes 6, Trollano 6, Taha 2, Washington 0.

  • Ginebra 92 - Brownlee 27, Aguilar 27, Pringle 15, Devance 13, Tenorio 5, Thompson 3, Caguioa 2, Slaughter 0.

  • Quarterscores: 32-32, 58-62, 86-79, 103-92.

EXTRA DRIBBLES

  • Tensions flared up early in the match. Greg Slaughter and Terrence Jones engaged in a verbal altercation at the end of the first quarter. Then Jayson Castro was called for a flagrant foul penalty one in the next period for tripping Mark Caguioa, who got away with an elbow on Castro in the same sequence.

  • The KaTropa only had seven 3-point shots in Game 4 after averaging 15 3s in their first two wins. They made up for their sudden dip in outside shooting by dominating the paint, 74-32.

  • TNT advanced to the finals for the first time since the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.