Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 6 between the San Miguel Beermen and the Talk ‘N Text TNT Tropang Giga scheduled on September 2, 2022, at 5:45 PM.
The Tropang Giga now has the upper hand after securing the victory in Game 5, one more win and it’s back-to-back All-Filipino trophy for them while the Beermen will try to overcome a twice-to-win advantage and reclaim their dominance in the no-import conference.
At the age of 40, many basketball players considered hang-up their sneakers and then enjoying father time, yet for the former league’s Most Valuable Player it’s a different story. Kelly Williams won’t be part of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players for nothing as he turned back the hands of time in Game 5. The man who is known as the “Machine Gun Kelly” dropped 21 points and nine rebounds while making splashes from the three-point territory with his 4-of-6 field goals.
Apart from his scoring rampage, he also helped his squad on the defensive end by limiting the production of Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo.
Part of the TNT’s motivation especially for Williams is the return of coach Chot Reyes in their squad in general. According to the 2008 MVP, it was Reyes who made changed his mind by returning back to the basketball floor after announcing his retirement two years ago.
“But I’ve said it. It’s no question that if this man (Chot) hadn’t come back. I wouldn’t have,” Williams said referring to TNT’s head coach during the post-game interview. “And I’m in no better position and situation again than to be with coach Chot,” he added.
Though TNT is in their winning momentum after securing two games in a row, the Tropang Giga will try to overcome major obstacles in Game 6 as two of their main players are suffering from an injury. In Game 5, Poy Erram took pain relievers in order for him to suit up which resulted in 17 points and seven boards. The other major concern is the availability of Jayson Castro who sprained his ankle after he landed on the foot of Marcio Lassiter early in the third quarter. The “Blur” was seen limping and needed a TNT staff to help him exit the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Tingnan natin. As of now medyo masakit pa din,” according to Dexter Aseron, TNT’s physical therapist. “We will see how he feels tomorrow (Friday).”
For the Beermen on the other hand, the “Kraken” remains hopeful that things can swing back in their favor. There goes that famous mantra of “down but not out”. It’s obvious that San Miguel will be at their best in Game 6 as they’re facing elimination.
“Kailangan nila kami talunin ng isa pa; hindi pa tapos yung series,” said Fajardo.