Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 4 between the San Miguel Beermen and the Talk ‘N Text TNT Tropang Giga scheduled on August 28, 2022, at 6:00 PM.
The Tropang Giga will try to avoid getting buried in this 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Finals series and instead wanted to reduce the championship round into a best-of-three showdown while the Beermen wanted to keep the momentum and take a commanding 3-1 series advantage when the Philippines’ beloved basketball action returns in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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San Miguel’s head coach Leo Austria has left no choice during Game 3 but to look for another dependable player from their bench to take one of the guard positions. CJ Perez and Marcio Lassiter went fouled out in the decisive quarter then coach Austria made his “magic bonut” and that’s Rob Herndon who hasn’t logged any minutes since Game 1. The 6’3 Fil-Am wasted no time and proved to his mentor that he deserved his minutes. However, he made a crucial mistake in the last few seconds in the fourth quarter which paved way for Talk ‘N Text to make a comeback and pushed Game 3 to overtime.
In the extended period, Herndon ignited the Beermen offense by dropping their first five points, enough to make breathing room, and pinned down their opponent. He also made a tenacious rebound in one instance demonstrating that he is ready to take over and make up for the error he made that almost cost them a game.
“I’m so happy for them dahil gusto nilang manalo,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “I would like to congratulate not only June Mar, that’s given na, but Robbie Herdon for being patient. Nagkaroon ng opportunity and he was the big revelation para sa team.”
According to the former sixth overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, there was confusion between him and the referee which leads to RR Pogoy’s free throw which later resulted in a 94-all game score.
“He told me that I was able to do that. I had one of those. But I guess they counted that we already had a delay of game. I think we were trying to sub a player in and we cancel the sub. I didn’t know that it counted already a warning so I thought we still had one to do that. I guess it was just a miscommunication with me and the ref,” said Herndon.
For the Tropang Giga on the other hand, they are set to welcome the return of their head coach who temporarily stepped back for Gilas obligations. Chot Reyes is expected to take the shots again from the TNT bench where they’ll try to dodge a 1-3 disadvantage.
“He’ll be joining us in Saturday’s coaches’ meeting,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, who took the chief tactician role while Reyes was with Gilas in Lebanon. “Nagtawag na siya for our practice for Saturday,” he added.
TNT had the chance to ice the game and take how the “W” however, Jayson Castro was unable to make another big shot which he made during this year’s Finals opener. To make matter worse, the KaTropa failed to take advantage of the absence of Perez and Lassiter in the five-minute extended period. They were even scoreless in overtime for more than three minutes until Glenn Khobuntin drilled his three-pointer with 1:53 remaining in the game.
“We had our chances, we had our opportunity,” said Arespacochaga. “We’re happy that we had an opportunity to win the game, sayang lang hindi kami nanalo.” “We have to learn from Game Three, but the next game is the more important right now.”