The Talk ‘N Text KaTropa survived the new offensive and defensive plays of the Barangay Ginebra and took a 2-0 advantage in their Semi-Finals best-of-five series.
If the story of Game 1 was all about the unstoppable plays of Joshua Smith inside the paint, in Game 2 TNT found a new hero.
Anthony Semerad not only gave Justin Brownlee a hard time finding his offense but he also saved KaTropa from a defeat.
Semerad unleashed three consecutive three-pointers that gave TNT a lead in desperation minutes of the fourth quarter.
LA Tenorio answered back with his own version three-pointer that puts the lead back to Ginebra 103-102.
Anthony Semerad Drills A Three-Pointer
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In the next Talk ‘N Text ball position, Jayson Castro found Anthony Semerad once again open at the sideline and another instant three-pointer. TNT was ahead again 105-102.
Barangay Ginebra had the chance to tie the game when Joe Devance was left open at the three-point area. Instead of taking a shot Devance decided to bring the ball closer.
He passed the ball to Brownlee but his shot under the rim got blocked by TNT import.
KaTropa last ball position was a reminisce of Game 1. Jayson Castro dribbles the ball against Scottie Thompson and then launched a long bomb.
However, this time around the ball didn’t went in but fell straight to the hands of Joshua Smith. Smith converted a basket off from an offensive rebound.
Game 3 is scheduled on Thursday and will be played in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Talk ‘N Text (107): Smith 16, Semerad 14, Pogoy 14, Castro 12, Williams 12, Rosales 8, Garcia 8, de Ocampo 7, Reyes 6, Rosario 6, Tautuaa 4
Ginebra (103): Brownlee 22, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 17, Devance 14, Thompson 13, Mercado 7, Marcelo 2, Ferrer 2, Mariano 2, Caguioa 2