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Tropang Giga advance to PBA finals

Too much Ray Parks. 

TNT Tropang Giga guard Ray Parks (1) puts the ball on the floor as he tries to drive past Phoenix Super LPG defender Jansen Rios. TNT beat Phoenix, 91-81, to advance to the Finals of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup. PBA
TNT built a slight edge, then leaned on a fourth-quarter explosion fueled by Parks to trounce Phoenix Super LPG, 91-81, yesterday, Friday, November 27 at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena & Cultural Center Powered by Smart 5G.

The Tropang Giga led by 9 points, 62-53, entering the fourth but detonated a 29-18 bomb to beat Phoenix and advance to the Finals of the 2020 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

Parks finished with another double-double of 26 points (with 15 points coming in the fourth quarter alone) and 10 rebounds to go with 6 assists and 1 steal to win Player of the Game honors.

“We just got to take pride in the moment. Take advantage of the moment. These guys are who I play for (said Parks of his TNT teammates who all stood beside him during the post-game interview). This is my family,” said Parks.

“It’s tough playing against a great team like Phoenix. They are very well-coached. They’re tough as nails. We’re just thankful (for the win). Everybody in the team played their part.” 

Phoenix inched closer to the TNT lead late in the fourth but Parks drilled a three-pointer then a pair of field goals to keep the Super LPG at bay. He padded the TNT advantage to 15 points, 82-67, with just 4:03 to go virtually sealing the outcome of the game.]

Phoenix do-it-all forward Calvin Abueva also had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds to go with 6 assists and 3 blocks.

Parks outmuscled Abueva in a rebound battle inside the paint then followed up a missed shot to push TNT to an imposing 14-point, 70-56, advantage in the fourth.

Roger Pogoy would increase that advantage to 17 points, 75-58, after a three-pointer and a two-point field goal against two free throws by Chua with 7 minutes left to play.

Super LPG veteran guard Alex Mallari converted a layup to cap a 7-0 Phoenix run which cut the TNT advantage to 5 points, 20-25, at the end of the first quarter.

Phoenix big man Justin Chua scored on a layup but TNT veteran Jay Washington countered with a three-pointer to push TNT to a 6-point advantage at halftime, 40-34.

TNT got a surprise scoring lift from veteran big man Jay Washington and sniper Simon Enciso. Washington, a big body relied upon to grab rebounds and set picks and not necessarily points, added 11 markers to his tally. Enciso had 12 points. 

Topics: TNT , Ray Parks , Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena & Cultural Center , Phoenix Super LPG , 2020 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup
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