The Talk ‘N Text TNT Tropang Giga is scheduled for a Game 2 Sem-Finals head-to-head match against the Meralco Bolts at 4:30 PM on March 26, 2023 live from the Ynares Center at Antipolo City, Rizal.
The Tropang Giga displayed now mercy against its sister team when they clashed in Game 1 and looking for more to gain a commanding 2-0 series lead while the Bolts will try to avoid that and probably one of the key factors is how to contain TNT’s import.
Basketball fans are in for a treat as the Meralco Bolts and the TNT Tropang Giga will face off in Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The Bolts will be looking to bounce back from a demoralizing 110-80 loss in the series opener, where the Tropang Giga dominated from start to finish.
The Bolts’ main concern is TNT’s import, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who put up a triple-double in Game 1 with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Meralco coach Norman Black singled him out as the player who dealt the biggest blow to his team, saying, “We have to study the tape and figure out what he’s doing offensively, because it’s not just his scoring, but it’s the fact that he’s facilitating for his teammates.”
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Black challenged his import, KJ McDaniels, to raise his game and match up with Hollis-Jefferson. McDaniels had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds in Game 1 but needs to do more if the Bolts want to level the series.
On the other side, the Tropang Giga are riding a 10-game winning streak and are showing no signs of slowing down. Coach Jojo Lastimosa has a lot of respect for his opponent, knowing that Black has been in the league for a long time and knows how to adjust in this kind of situation.
“I was just surprised that it looked like Meralco was lacking a bit of energy, maybe because they came off an emotional victory, and maybe they were a little bit on a high,” said Lastimosa. “Whatever it was, the Tropang Giga ripped the Bolts into pieces.”
Hollis-Jefferson and RR Pogoy led the charge for TNT in Game 1, with Hollis-Jefferson putting up an error-free triple-double and Pogoy scoring 21 points on 5-of-8 three-pointers. Calvin Oftana, Mikey Williams, and Jayson Castro also played their part, scoring at least 12 points each.
The Bolts will need to find a way to contain the Tropang Giga’s explosive offense and prevent Hollis-Jefferson from dominating the game once again. It won’t be an easy task, but the Bolts are determined to put up a fight and keep their championship hopes alive.
“We just need to come out with more energy and play harder,” said Black. “We’re hoping that we can get back in the series and have a better showing on Sunday.”
Fans can expect an intense and exciting game as both teams battle it out for a spot in the Finals. Will the Tropang Giga extend their winning streak, or will the Bolts come out with a vengeance and level the series? It’s anyone’s game, and we can’t wait to see how it unfolds.